Judge Questions Why Boston Can't Regulate Airbnb

By Chris Villani (April 8, 2019, 3:10 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday asked why the city of Boston shouldn't be free to impose restrictions on Airbnb Inc. short-term rental units as it sees fit, pushing back on the company's attempt to block the "draconian" ordinance it says violates the Communications Decency Act.

Airbnb has fought the ordinance, which seeks to impose fines if the company collects a fee for an ineligible unit, arguing the city is forcing Airbnb to change the way it designs and operates it website by putting the burden on the company to know whether a unit is eligible or ineligible under Boston's rules....

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