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Chicago — A U.S. district judge in Illinois has rejected a lawsuit brought bythe Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law againstCraigslist Inc. for the Web site’s posting of allegedly discriminatoryhousing ads by its users. The committee, a non-profit that aims to protect civil rights, will likelyappeal the ruling, said Stephen Libowsky, a Howrey attorney in Chicago. In her ruling yesterday, Judge Amy St. Eve said that because Craigslist isnot a publisher, but rather an computer provider of third-partyinformation, the Communications Decency Act grants it immunity to chargesunder Fair Housing Act. Still, St. Eve’s opinion also said the immunity that the CommunicationsDecency Act provides is narrower than some courts have held previously. Chicago Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law v. CraigslistInc., No. 06C0657 (N.D. Ill.).

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