Tuesday, November 21, 2006

FHA suit against Craigslist dismissed

A case brought against Craigslist under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) by the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights was dismissed, as reported at Legal Blog Watch.

The gist is that Craigslist falls under an FHA exception as an "interactive computer service" under the Communications Decency Act of 1996, and therefore isn't considered a "publisher."

The FHA prohibits discrimination "in the sale, rental, and financing of dwellings, and in other housing-related transactions, based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status (including children under the age of 18 living with parents of legal custodians, pregnant women, and people securing custody of children under the age of 18), and handicap (disability)."

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