Resort Renter Asks 1st Circ. To Hold Website Liable For Scam

Law360, Boston (March 5, 2018, 8:32 PM EST) -- A Cambridge man who tried to find a property in paradise only to stumble upon a scam asked the First Circuit on Monday to consider whether fault could lie with the popular vacation rental website where he found, but did not pay, the fraudster.

Peter Hiam claimed in Massachusetts federal court that he lost tens of thousands of dollars in 2014 on a resort-style home in Belize that had been falsely advertised on VRBO.com, a vacation rental-by-owner subsidiary of Homeaway.com Inc. A trial judge ruled that...
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Case Title

Hiam v. Homeaway.com, Inc.


Case Number

17-1898

Court

Appellate - 1st Circuit

Nature of Suit

4370 Other Fraud

Date Filed

September 11, 2017

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