Do Craigslist ads violate federal housing law?

Group finds Web site's postings offensive

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The Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law Inc. (CLC), a group of 45 law firms, filed this lawsuit against Craigslist Inc., alleging violations of the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). Craigslist publishes notices and advertisements for housing, jobs and services on its Web sites, which are localized by city. In a typical month, Craigslist posts more than 10 million items of "user-supplied information." These postings are increasing at approximately 100 percent per year. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. In the housing category, the Craigslist Web site allows third-party users to post and read notices for housing sale and rental opportunities. CLC alleges Craigslist publishes housing notices that indicate preference, limitation or discrimination on the prohibited basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion or familial status. Examples of notices CLC finds offensive and in violation of the FHA include: "No minorities"; "Looking for gay Latino";...