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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A state judge has blocked a subpoena from New York's attorney general seeking information about people using the global website Airbnb to make short-term apartment rentals in New York City.

Justice Gerald Connolly writes that the subpoena filed last year by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is "overbroad," granting Airbnb's motion to quash it.

State investigators are seeking that information about its so-called "hosts" going back three years, noting many listings appear to offer entire unoccupied apartments for very short periods, violating the law against unregulated hotels.

The subpoena seeks host names, addresses, rental rates, lengths of stay and tax data first requested last fall.

Connolly writes that there is evidence that "a substantial number of hosts" may be violating the law and tax provisions.

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