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Roommate.com LLC, a company that operates a Web site that matches people with rooms to rent with tenants, may have violated fair housing laws by requiring users to disclose their sex, sexual orientation and whether they had children who would live with them, an appeals court has ruled. In a ruling that sends a lawsuit against the company back down to a district court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturned the lower court's ruling that Roommate.com was protected by the Communications Decency Act if users of the company's Web site used it in ways that violated fair housing laws. In a precedent-setting decision, the appeals court said that although Roommate.com was not responsible for answers provided by users in open-ended questions, it became more than a pass...