Ever since Airbnb disregarded the cancellation and refund policies of hosts, hosts have been clamoring for a class action against Airbnb. The Airbnb Terms of Service contain a class action waiver. However, those waivers are subject to legal attack. And a class action could be filed against Airbnb under a variety of theories despite the mandatory arbitration clause. The class-action lawyers at Traverse Legal have a webpage with all the resources and information Airbnb hosts need to understand their legal rights- including class action rights - against Airbnb.
What is a Class Action?
A class action, which is started by the filing in court of a class-action lawsuit, is a collective action or representative action is a type of lawsuit where one or more of the parties is a group of people brings a lawsuit on behalf of everyone else who has the same rights and the same claims. Class-action lawsuits are considered an efficient way to resolve claims in a single action brought by one or more people against a defendant without every person in the group having to participate in the lawsuit. If there is a settlement, and the other people don't opt-out, then they can receive the settlement without having brought an individual lawsuit or arbitration claim.
How Do I Learn More About the Class Action Being Prepared Against Airbnb?
There are a variety of resources to learn more about your class action rights as an Airbnb host against Airbnb, including information pages about possible class-action lawsuits being filed against Airbnb, YouTube videos which provide information about your class action rights against Airbnb for violating the Terms of Service and Payment Terms by failing to make host pay-outs, and on-line petitions calling for a class action to be filed against Airbnb. You can also read more about this issue in the VRIntel article titled "Hosts launch legal fund for collective action against Airbnb for unilateral refunds and inciting travelers to cancel reservations."