"We began this process in the hopes of collaborating with Airbnb to recover millions of dollars in unpaid taxes, and to stop the abuse of Airbnb's site by operators of illegal hotels," he said in a statement to CNET. "Unfortunately, Airbnb chose instead to obstruct those efforts and lie about our objectives. Airbnb isn't standing up for average New Yorkers who rent out their apartments from time to time -- Airbnb is standing up for highly profitable, illegal businesses that make up a huge chunk of its corporate revenue."
The comment was in response to the filing of an amicus brief from the Internet Association, a tech lobbying group that is not involved with the case but counts the likes of Google, Facebook, Amazon, and of course Airbnb as members. The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology also filed a supporting brief on Friday, jointly citing privacy concerns.