The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) based in Luxembourg will decide on December 19th whether to classify Airbnb as an online booking service or a real estate agent.

The decision could have major consequences for the platform, especially in Paris where the International Olympic Committee has already agreed to promote the use of Airbnb to help people find lodging during the 2024 games.

The case was prompted by a French prosecutor charging Airbnb with breaking the country’s Hoguet Law. The CJEU has previously stated that Airbnb should be free to operate in the region as a digital service provider, but a ruling in its favour is far from guaranteed; it previously ruled against Uber, saying it was a transportation entity, not a digital app.

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