National Library Week; Airbnb court decision &opportunity zones and the law.

airbandbIn this Feb. 22, 2018, photo, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an event in San Francisco.” AP PHOTO/ERIC RISBERG, FILE

by Bill Lucia

“Santa Monica, California scored a significant win in federal appeals court on Wednesday, with a ruling that promises to set a favorable precedent for local governments seeking to regulate home-sharing and short-term rental websites like Airbnb.

“Affirming a lower court’s decision, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected claims by Airbnb and that the city’s home-sharing regulations were illegal under a federal law that shields internet companies from legal risks they could face from third-party content. Similar cases are pending elsewhere.

“‘Now we have a precedent that really, really opens the door to regulation,’ said Abbey Stemler, a professor of business law at Indiana University and a leading scholar on the sharing economy.”

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“A 2017 federal tax law that created “opportunity zones” doesn’t allow governors or state lawmakers to steer investors’ money into certain projects. They’re trying to influence the market anyway.” | “‘Opportunity Zones’ Spur New State Tax Incentives”Stateline

Ya think? | ‘Opportunity zones’ in GOP tax bill ripe for abuse”The Denver Post

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“Happy National Library Week: This year’s theme, how to celebrate and more” USA Today

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