In-App Purchases Class Action Law Suit Allowed to Proceed
Apple’s request to have a lawsuit
—brought against the company by a group of parents after their kids spent large amounts of money on in-app purchases—dismissed has been denied by a California judge.
The lawsuit, originally filed in April of 2011, alleges Apple’s implementation of in-app purchasing made it too easy for the children to rack up massive fees on their parents’ dime without realizing what they were doing. Federal Judge Edward J. Davila of the Northern District of California allowed four of the five claims laid out in the class action lawsuit to move forward. The only claim Judge Davila axed involved breach of good faith and fair dealing.
Charges racked up by “minors” on their parents credit cards tied to their iTunes accounts ranged from $99 to more than $300. The argument revolves around the window of time starting when parents purchased the app, hand it to the unsupervised child, and when iOS would ask for reauthorization of purchases. Apple changed the password window with iOS 4.3, but the charges occurred before the iOS adjustment.
Apple argument for the dismissal request revolved around the company’s terms and conditions which the customer agreed to upon shopping in the iTunes App Store. If only anyone actually read them...
Source: Apple Insider