Apple tricks kids into spending parents’ money; gets sued

Nothing says “entertainment” like “class action lawsuit”

April 15, 2012
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Kids are like, the worst. Apple knows this, and they profit from it. Unfortunately they’re also based in the most hilariously litigious place in the world, and now a class-action lawsuit formed by angry parents against the company is proceeding to trial.

The suit concerns Apple’s “tricking” of various children into making a ton of in-app purchases on their parent’s accounts. Games that are listed as free-to-play offered kids a ton of in-game pay-options, and gave them a 15 minute window in which to sneak these purchases in under their parents’ noses, no password required. This 15-minute window was later removed, and kids the world over were forced to play outside.

This resulted in confused parents discovering iTunes bills in excess of ONE BILL- err, 100 dollars. Of course like any group of reasonable American adults, they decided to try and sue the pants off Apple.

Last year a federal judge in California consolidated a bunch of these class-action lawsuits, and Apple promptly filed to have them dismissed. This however was unsuccessful, and last week U.S. District Judge Edward Davilia upheld the original claims. Speculation that he is a father/PC user abounds.

The judge stated, “Contrary to Apple’s argument, Plaintiffs have alleged with specificity which misrepresentations they were exposed to, their reliance on those misrepresentations, and the resulting harm. Plaintiffs pled specific facts that Apple “actively advertis[ed], market[ed] and promot[ed] its bait Apps as ‘free’ or nominal,”

The ball is now in Apple’s court to dispute these claims, and is expected to be filing a defense on May 24th. Meanwhile, the rest of the world watches with amusement.

Source: GamesIndustry

Tags: america is awesome, apple, class action lawsuit, headline, iTunes

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