Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights under the Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc.

461 F. Supp. 2d 681 (2006)

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Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under the Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc.

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
461 F. Supp. 2d 681 (2006)

Facts

Craigslist, Inc. (defendant) operated a website that was accessed by third parties seeking to buy, sell, or rent housing. The third parties were allowed to post housing advertisements on Craigslist’s website. A number of the rental-housing advertisements expressed preferences for tenants of a particular race, sex, or religion. The Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under the Law, Inc. (plaintiff) (the committee), a non-profit organization, brought suit against Craigslist, contending that it violated the Fair Housing Act (FHA). Craigslist argued that the committee’s FHA claim was barred by § 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA). Later, Craigslist filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings. The district court took the motion under advisement.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (St. Eve, J.)

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