IDX and the Fair Housing Act

NAR has received a number of inquiries arising from a blog posting about the federal Fair Housing Act lawsuit brought against Jeff Launiere, a licensee in Clearwater, Fla.

Mr. Launiere’s posts have raised an alarm among real estate professionals that they could potentially be liable for the content provided by other MLS participants' listings when it appears on the real estate professional’s website through an Internet Data Exchange (IDX) feed.


Below is a podcast addressing the issues raised by the lawsuit filed against Mr. Launiere, and steps that members can take to avoid similar claims. In addition, the two case summaries found below address the defense under the Communications Decency Act that protects website operators from allegations arising from postings by third parties on their website.