Judge rejects Airbnb bid to halt San Francisco ordinance

By Dan Levine and Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Tuesday rejected Airbnb's request to block a San Francisco law that forbids the home-rental company from taking bookings from hosts who have not registered their home with the city. The Tuesday ruling from U.S. District Judge James Donato thoroughly rejected Airbnb's contention that the ordinance violated a broad federal law that protects internet companies from liability for content posted on their platforms. The San Francisco ordinance "does not regulate what can or cannot be said or posted in the listings.

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