• 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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: In-App Purchases Class Action Law Suit Allowed to Proceed started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. mtthk's Avatar
      mtthk -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      Well technically if it's in the terms and conditions, and you agree to them, you don't really have the right to sue...right?
      Not right.

      The court can invalidate the term if she sees them as unreasonable.
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by mtthk View Post
      Not right.

      The court can invalidate the term if she sees them as unreasonable.
      Ah ok
    1. JD03Cobra's Avatar
      JD03Cobra -
      This happened to me...I downloaded a free app for my kids. Then inside the game you can purchase these gems that charge your account. I felt scammed.
    1. ryanortiz's Avatar
      ryanortiz -
      Go To Settings:
      Go To General:
      Go To Restrictions:
      Go Down To In-App Purchases: Select Toggle Switch to Turn the option off...

      No More In App Purchases Can Be Made

      I have 4 kids and the best way to avoid In-App Purchases is to stop them upfront! Apple gives the parent/owner complete control over what others can spend. The Only way to change this option is to know the separate pass-code for change the restrictions. I think in a lot of ways you cant blame the system you have to blame the owner who doesn't understand how to use the iOS parental controls to fix their issues. The larger problem is parents openly give their password to iTunes to their Kids instead of monitoring what is being downloaded..
    1. teej1410's Avatar
      teej1410 -
      "Today we live in an era of smart phones and stupid people."- random internet quote
    1. Gopher_Otis's Avatar
      Gopher_Otis -
      Just some more a-holes trying to milk the Apple cash cow.
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