Details on how to file a claim for the Apple iTunes in-app purchase settlement approved last month have finally been revealed. If you paid for game currency charges that a minor charged to your iTunes account without your knowledge, you may be eligible for a $5 iTunes Store credit or a cash refund from the class action settlement.
The Apple in-app purchase settlement will resolve a number of class action lawsuits filed in 2011 that accused Apple of not clearly spelling out its in-app purchase policy in an attempt to trick children into racking up expensive game currency charges. Under Apple’s former policy, minors were able to charge in-app purchases, such as virtual currency or other virtual content, to an iTunes account without the account holder’s knowledge or permission.
Apple denies the allegations but has agreed to a class action lawsuit settlement to end the costly litigation.
Owners of Apple devices have the option to implement parental controls that prevent minors from purchasing game currency in apps without the owner’s knowledge or permission. You can learn more about these parental controls and how to activate them on your device at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4213.
U.S. residents who, prior to May 2, 2013, paid for an in-app purchase of game currency in a Qualified App charged to their iTunes account by a minor without their knowledge or permission.
Choose between a single $5 iTunes Store credit or a credit equal to the total amount of game currency that a minor charged to your iTunes account without your knowledge or permission within a single 45 day period, less any refund you previously received.
You may elect to receive a cash refund in lieu of an iTunes Store credit if you no longer have an active iTunes account, or your claims exceed $30 in total. Additional requirements for claiming charges after the forty-five (45) day period apply.
Claim Form Deadline
Apple In-App Purchase Litigation, Case No. 11-cv-1758 EJD, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Jose Division.
In re Apple In-App Purchase Litigation Claims Administrator
P.O. Box 43182
Providence, RI 02940-3182
Michael J. Boni
Joshua D. Snyder
BONI & ZACK LLC
Simon B. Paris
SALTZ MONGELUZZI BARRETT & BENDESKY PC
Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr.
Christopher T. Heffelfinger
Anthony D. Phillips
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