Parents to receive iTunes credit, cash payments to settle Apple in-app purchase lawsuit

By on June 24, 2013, 6:30 PM
apple, itunes, settlement, parents, in-app purchases, class action lawsuit

If you’re the parent of a minor child that unknowingly made in-app purchases on an iOS device under Apple’s old purchase rules, listen up. Apple on Monday announced details of a settlement related to a class action lawsuit covering this issue which is believed to encompass some 23 million people.

Parents may choose between a single $5 iTunes Store credit or a credit equal to the total amount of Game Currency that a minor charged to an iTunes account without the owner’s knowledge or permission. Apple notes that a cash refund will be given if you no longer have an active iTunes account or if your claims exceed $30 in total.

Participants have until January 13, 2014 to submit a claim online or via snail mail. Furthermore, class action members have until August 30, 2013 to either exclude themselves from the settlement while reserving the right to be part of other lawsuits against Apple about the claims and allegations in this case or object to the ruling.

If you wish to speak your mind, you can ask to speak in court about the fairness of the settlement no later than September 27, 2013. If you simply do nothing, you’ll give up your rights and receive no payment under the settlement.

Apple points out that the settlement isn’t an admission of any wrongdoing. The legal notice notes they deny all allegations and are entering into the settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation.




User Comments: 9

Got something to say? Post a comment
yukka, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Does this include the UK

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Oh joyous day! This is outstanding news, more fulfilling than the second coming....[ ].... (*) . Everybody in the world will get fifty cents each, and the lawyers will get millions.

(*) edited out

NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Lol wasn't there an email from facebook about that

1 person liked this | captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Lol wasn't there an email from facebook about that
Well what about we luddites from the dark dial up ages? You know, the people that wouldn't touch Facebook with your ten foot pole. Shouldn't we be kept abreast of the latest Apple scandal?

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

"Apple points out that the settlement isn?t an admission of any wrongdoing"

Of course not. Apple has been and never will be guilty of any wrongdoings. At least that's what they think, everybody else knows differently.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

Lol wasn't there an email from facebook about that
Well what about we luddites from the dark dial up ages? You know, the people that wouldn't touch Facebook with your ten foot pole. Shouldn't we be kept abreast of the latest Apple scandal?

Heh, heh. I've never complained about anything that saves labor. I've complained about FB because it's laborious to use.

MilwaukeeMike said:

"Apple points out that the settlement isn?t an admission of any wrongdoing"

Of course not. Apple has been and never will be guilty of any wrongdoings. At least that's what they think, everybody else knows differently.

I'm not familiar with the details of the case, but I think the parents deserve some blame here. I have a child who has used my Nook tablet or phone and I've made sure she knows not to try to buy anything. Android apps require a password to purchase, but Barnes and Noble books don't. However I get an email anytime a purchase is made so I'll find out right away if something is bought. Maybe iOS doesn't have these precautions.

What's next, blame the bank if a kid gets their hands on the VISA and buys something online? I know if someone uses your card (or account) without your permission you're not always liable, but when it's your own device, in your own house used by someone who has your permission, then it starts to get a little hazy.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

"Apple points out that the settlement isn?t an admission of any wrongdoing"

Of course not. Apple has been and never will be guilty of any wrongdoings. At least that's what they think, everybody else knows differently.

A sociopath never admits to any wrong doing either. Plus, whatever happens to one of them, it's somebody else's fault

Guest said:

Can I just throw the paper a way and not get a settlement

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.