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ROOMMATE.COM, LLC’S FIRST BRIEF ON CROSS-APPEAL

ROOMMATE.COM, LLC’S FIRST BRIEF ON CROSS-APPEAL

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CASE NOS. 09-55272, 09-55875, 09-55969UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
ROOMMATE.COM, LLC,
 Defendant-Appellant and Cross-Appellee
,vs.FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL OF SAN FERNANDO VALLEY;FAIR HOUSING COUNCIL OF SAN DIEGO;each individually and on behalf of the general public,
Plaintiffs-Appellees and Cross-Appellants.
APPELLANT ROOMMATE.COM, LLC
SFIRST BRIEF ON CROSS-APPEAL
On Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the Central District of CaliforniaDistrict Court Case CV03-9386 PA (RZx)QUINN EMANUEL URQUHARTOLIVER & HEDGES, LLPSusan B. Estrich (Bar No. 124009)Scott B. Kidman (Bar No. 119856)Christopher E. Price (Bar No. 200796)865 South Figueroa Street, 10th FloorLos Angeles, California 90017-2543Telephone: (213) 443-3000Facsimile: (213) 443-3100TIMOTHY L. ALGER(Bar No. 160303)P.O. Box 60537Palo Alto, California 94306Telephone: (714) 470-5042Attorneys for Defendant-AppellantRoommate.com, LLC
Case: 09-55272 01/11/2010 Page: 1 of 95 DktEntry: 7190794
 
 
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Defendant-Appellant Roommate.com, LLC is wholly owned by VianetInternet Services, LLC, which has no parent. Neither entity is publicly held.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageOPENING BRIEF AS TO THE JUDGMENT .....................................................1PRELIMINARY STATEMENT ..........................................................................1STATEMENT OF JURISDICTION.....................................................................3STATEMENT OF ISSUES ..................................................................................4STATEMENT OF RELATED CASES ................................................................4STATEMENT OF THE CASE .............................................................................5A.
 
Nature of the Case ............................................................................5B. Proceedings Below ...........................................................................6STATEMENT OF FACTS ................................................................................ 10SUMMARY OF ARGUMENT ......................................................................... 12ARGUMENT ..................................................................................................... 13I. STANDARD OF REVIEW ..................................................................... 13II. GENERALIZED CLAIMS OF DIVERTED RESOURCES DO NOTCONFER ORGANIZATIONAL STANDING ....................................... 13III. THE FHA DOES NOT APPLY TO POSTINGS FOR ROOMMATESIN SHARED HOMES ............................................................................. 18A.
 
The District Court Erred in Concluding that the FHA by ItsTerms Applies to the Sharing of Homes ....................................... 19B. The Legislative History Establishes that the FHA Was Aimed atCommercial Sales and Rentals ...................................................... 20C.
The District Court‟s Interpretation of the FHA Is Contrary to
Common Sense and Public Policy ................................................ 22
Case: 09-55272 01/11/2010 Page: 3 of 95 DktEntry: 7190794

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