A property owner and management company is suing Airbnb, claiming the home-sharing company "deliberately promotes and profits from deliberate breaches of our leases," according to a statement from Apartment Investment & Management Company. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news.

The company has filed lawsuits in California and Florida state courts seeking monetary damages and that the courts prohibit Airbnb from allowing AIMCO's tenants to use its service.

"This attack on the middle class by powerful interests is wholly without merit," an Airbnb spokesperson told Axios.

Between the lines: Although AIMCO's concerns over not being able to vet Airbnb guests and make sure they don't damage its properties or bother other tenants are valid, the financial interest is hard to miss. While Airbnb hosts and the company are making money from home-sharing, none of it makes it to the landlords. So to appease landlords and building owners, Airbnb unveiled last year a program that lets them get data about their tenants' home-sharing activity and a cut of the earnings in exchange for officially permitting tenants to use the service.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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Harris: "Women are going to be a priority" in Biden administration

Sen. Kamala Harris at an event in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

In her first sit-down interview since being named Joe Biden's running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris talked about what she'll do to fight for women if elected VP, and how the Democrats are thinking about voter turnout strategies ahead of November.

What they're saying: "In a Biden-Harris administration women are going to be a priority, understanding that women have many priorities and all of them must be acknowledged," Harris told The 19th*'s Errin Haines-Whack.

Facebook goes after Apple

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Facebook is seeking to force a face-off with Apple over its 30% in-app purchase commission fee, which Facebook suggests hurts small businesses struggling to get by during the pandemic.

The big picture: Facebook has never publicly gone after Apple, a key strategic partner, this aggressively. Both companies face antitrust scrutiny, which in Apple's case has centered on the very fee structure Facebook is now attacking.