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Craigslist sued over real estate listings

Chicago group alleges Fair Housing Act violations

A Chicago fair housing group has sued groundbreaking Web site Craigslist for allegedly publishing discriminatory advertisements, a case that could test the legal liabilities of online ad venues, the Chicago Tribune reported. The Chicago Lawyers Committee For Civil Rights Under Law sued San Francisco-based Craigslist, claiming that during a six-month period beginning in July, the site ran more than 100 ads in Chicago that violated the federal Fair Housing Act, reports said. The suit is part of an emerging attempt by housing watchdogs nationally to hold online classified sites to the same strict standards as the publishers of print classifieds, such as newspapers. In October 2005, Inman News reported that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was reviewing complaints of Internet-based real estate postings that may violate the federal Fair Housing Act. While there are established cases in which newspapers have been found liable for printing ads that are deemed in violation...

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