Parents of the kids who shelled out a boom for fulfilling their kid’s wishes to own an Apple product can now take a sigh of relief, according to the latest app settlement details. Apple has notified iTunes to give an additional credit of $5 for those who were previously inappropriately charged by Apple.
Those with charges under $30 will receive a iTunes gift card. and Cash refunds will be given to those with bills exceeding that amount.
As per the email sent regarding the matter contains the 5 main highlights-
A) LEGAL NOTICE- if an in-app purchase made by a minor in a game app without the parent’s knowledge or permission, then the user could be entitled to benefits under a class action settlement. In the following case United States District Court for the Northern District of California authorized this notice. The Court will have a hearing to consider whether to approve the settlement so that the benefits may be paid.
B) CRUX OF THE MATTER- In a consolidated class action lawsuit pending against Apple, Plaintiffs alleged that certain iOS applications distributed through the App Store allowed minors to charge iTunes accounts for in-app purchases of game currency without the account holders’ knowledge or permission. However Apple denies all allegations and is entering into this settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation.
C) PEOPLE WHO BEAR- You’re a “Class Member” if you’re a United States resident who paid for an in-app purchase of game currency charged to your iTunes account by a minor without your knowledge or permission in a Qualified App. For a searchable list of Qualified Apps and the full definition of “Game Currency,” please go to Itunes site . However Qualified Apps consist of all apps in the games category with a minimum age rating of 4 , 9, or 12 above categories that offer in-app purchases of game currency.
D) PEOPLE WHO ARE BENEFITTED- People can chose the following options-
1- a single $5 iTunes Store credit
2- a credit equal to the total amount of Game Currency that a minor charged
DETAILS -For 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 forty-five (45) day period, less any refund you previously received (“Aggregate Relief”). A cash refund in lieu of an iTunes Store credit is available if (a) you no longer have an active iTunes account, or (b) your claims exceed $30 in total. Additional requirements for claiming charges after the forty-five (45) day period apply. You must complete a valid Claim Form to receive settlement benefits.
3- have not received a refund from Apple for those charges.
DETAILS -In addition, if you choose Aggregate Relief, the Claim Form will require you to identify the Qualified App, date of purchase, and price paid for each claimed charge. If you claim Aggregate Relief in excess of $30, you will also need to describe the circumstances under which a minor charged Game Currency to your iTunes account without your knowledge or permission.
E) CRITERIA FOR CASH REFUND – Cash refunds will be available to Class Members who no longer maintain iTunes accounts or whose total Aggregate Relief claims exceed $30.A detailed notice and Claim Form package contains everything you need and is available at the itunes site. You can also obtain a Claim Form package by calling 1-855-282-8111.