Court Ruling Upholding Airbnb’s Mandatory Arbitration Clause


In this ruling, Judge Christopher Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the mandatory arbitration clause in Airbnb’s terms of service. He found that Airbnb’s mobile sign-up screen adequately places users on notice of Airbnb’s terms of service including arbitration, and that users agree to those terms by clicking the sign-up box and using the service The ruling came in the case of an African-American man who was suing Airbnb claiming a property owner refused to rent space to him because of his race. Selden cited Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that bars discrimination in public accommodations.

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