Airbnb user who alleged host bias is bound by online arbitration clause

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has found an African-American man can’t sue Airbnb over alleged bias by one of the website’s hosts, because suits are banned by an arbitration agreement.

AirBNB PhotoU.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper ruled on Tuesday that plaintiff Gregory Selden is bound by the mandatory arbitration clause in the online user agreement, the New York Times reports.

Selden had signed up with Airbnb and created a user profile that included his photo. When he sought a rental from a host in Philadelphia, he was told the place was not available.

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