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Chicago Airbnb Hosts Sue City Over Information-Sharing

Chicago Airbnb Hosts Sue City Over Information-Sharing

Associated Press

If Chicago is indeed a model for how Airbnb wants to cooperate with municipalities going forward, this lawsuit being filed by Chicago-area Airbnb hosts demonstrates just how difficult that may be for Airbnb to achieve, not only in the Windy City but in many other cities as well.

4 weeks ago

Judge Tells Airbnb He Doesn’t Buy Its Free Speech Argument in San Francisco

Judge Tells Airbnb He Doesn’t Buy Its Free Speech Argument in San Francisco

Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg

The CDA has been stretched so far to allow so many kinds of behavior by Internet companies that this is a nice victory for common sense.

1 month ago

Airbnb Will Try to Sue Its Way Out of New York Law’s Restrictions

Airbnb Will Try to Sue Its Way Out of New York Law’s Restrictions

Joshua Brustein and Christian Berthelsen, Bloomberg

New York legislators wrote this law with Airbnb's legal response in mind. We think arguing on these grounds will prove difficult for the company.

2 months ago

Judge in Airbnb Vs. San Francisco Fight Questions Communications Decency Act Defense

Judge in Airbnb Vs. San Francisco Fight Questions Communications Decency Act Defense

Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

We really don't think the free speech argument is the way for Airbnb to proceed here, especially in a city where many people support the service. We think a new model of transparency and collaboration is much better.

2 months ago

Uber Loses Early Battle to Lyft Over Fake Ride Dirty Trick Claims

Uber Loses Early Battle to Lyft Over Fake Ride Dirty Trick Claims

Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg

Arbitration requirements by tech upstarts are an insult to their users — both drivers and passengers alike.

3 months ago

Uber Wants Arbitration, Not Class-Action Lawsuit in Surge-Pricing Case

Uber Wants Arbitration, Not Class-Action Lawsuit in Surge-Pricing Case

Erik Larson, Bloomberg

Of course they want arbitration, which stacks the deck against consumers and in favor of the companies. We'd love to see sharing economy companies stop hiding behind arbitration rules in their terms & conditions.

6 months ago

Airbnb Sued for Allowing Racial Discrimination by Hosts

Airbnb Sued for Allowing Racial Discrimination by Hosts

Erik Larson and Andrew Harris, Bloomberg

Platforms like Airbnb and Uber are able to sidestep laws by shifting responsibilities to hosts or drivers that other, older travel companies are required to abide by. Let's see some innovation in equality.

7 months ago

Hotels in New York and Chicago File Suit Over Marriott’s Purchase of Starwood

Hotels in New York and Chicago File Suit Over Marriott’s Purchase of Starwood

Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg

It's clear that not every hotel owner is thrilled about the Marriott-Starwood merger, especially those owners who compete against Marriott and other big hotel brands in the same key markets. How Marriott chooses to address Starwood property owners' concerns throughout the integration process is absolutely crucial for this deal to work successfully.

7 months ago

Booking.com Sues U.S. Patent Office Over Trademark Rejection

Booking.com Sues U.S. Patent Office Over Trademark Rejection

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We pause our argument for the moment that the Priceline Group should be rebranded as the Booking.com Group because of the latter's wider brand recognition. The Priceline Group, which actually has no plans under way to rebrand, needs to get this messy Booking.com trademark issue cleared up first. It seems like such a stretch that one of the largest travel companies in the world can't get its trademark approved.

8 months ago

Tour Guide Lawsuit in Charleston, S.C Drags on With Broader Implications

Tour Guide Lawsuit in Charleston, S.C Drags on With Broader Implications

In the same way that people don't want their plumbers to go freestyle while hooking up their toilets, they don't want people in tourism to be uneducated about the thing they're selling.

8 months ago

Lyft Has a Multi-Million Dollar Labor Issue That Uber Would Understand

Lyft Has a Multi-Million Dollar Labor Issue That Uber Would Understand

Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg

Lyft sought to settle its legal issues with drivers by paying each one in California an average of $53, and that was an amount that the judge found to be grossly insufficient.

8 months ago

Kayak and HotelTonight Trademark Dispute Ends in Partnership

Kayak and HotelTonight Trademark Dispute Ends in Partnership

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Kayak apparently got cute in trying to use the phrase "Hotel for tonight" in its apps and it appears as though HotelTonight prevailed in a trademark flap. Now they've partnered up as HotelTonight is selling through Kayak in a bid to trim costs.

9 months ago