Airbnb beats landlord company in home-sharing lawsuit

A woman browses the site of US home sharing giant Airbnb. Photo: John Macougall / AFP via Getty Images

Airbnb has defeated a lawsuit by Apartment Investment & Management Company, one of the largest residential landlords in the U.S., that claimed the home-sharing company promoted and profited from tenants who broke their leases through unauthorized sublets.

The ruling: A federal judge in Los Angeles sided with Airbnb's claim that the company is protected under the Communications Decency Act, which ruled that online service providers aren't liable for the content users post, according to Bloomberg. The judge said that the Airbnb hosts, not Airbnb, are responsible for the listing information that AIMCO deemed "illegal."