Apple To Contact 23M iTunes Customers Over In-App Purchasing Class-Action Lawsuit

Apple To Contact 23M iTunes Customers Over In-App Purchasing Class-Action Lawsuit


According to a new report offered up by Law360, (via 9to5Mac), Apple will soon contact 23 Million of its iTunes customers that were found to have bought items through the company’s in-app purchase system, in relation to the result of a recent lawsuit originally filed against the firm over the general practices involved in a user taking advantage of such in-app purchasing methods.

The report cites that the company is gearing up to contact all customers who were found to have made a ‘Game Currency’ purchase in “one or more qualified apps,” adding that the Cupertino company will offer $5 in iTunes credit to all those customers who claim that this purchased ‘Game Currency’ was done so by a minor, (without their permission), up to the amount of $30.

[...] Apple will pay $5 in iTunes credit to those who claim in-app content was purchased by a minor without their permission. For purchases above $30, users will be able to request a full refund.

The move arrives in settlement of the original lawsuit, which reportedly accused the company of potential malpractice in relation to the purchase of in-game currency — an issue which was especially highlighted by a number of reported occasions were a young child had racked up a bill on their parent’s iPhone (or iPad), having been left alone for a short period with a ‘freemium’ iOS title.

These ‘refunds’ are reportedly expected to begin Q4, 2013, but due to the sheer amount of customers reportedly affected, could (potentially) spill over into the first quarter of next year.