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Airbnb's 'don't punish us' for scofflaws fails US court test

It is already fighting its next legal battle against New York using the same arguments that failed in San Francisco

City lawyer Dennis Herrera said that the ruling reinforces that "online businesses don't get a free pass from the types of regulations that apply to other businesses in San Francisco". "They have to play by the rules, just like everybody else," he said.

San Francisco

AIRBNB Inc's claim that it's just a conduit for user-generated content was rejected by a judge who said the company may not be able to duck a San Francisco law punishing it when hosts book units that aren't registered with the city.

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