California parents are distressed over Apple’s purchasing regulations
Families from California have
filed a lawsuit against Apple for
its alleged misconduct over in-app
Parents from California have filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, claiming misconduct with Apple's in-app purchasing policies. The filed claim states that Apple enables children to make real purchases of "game currency" while they are playing games that are technically free.
According to the allegations, the highly addictive nature of these games led minors to purchase more and more game currency, totaling as much as $100 per transaction. In San Jose, a judge denied Apple's motion to dismiss this case.
Within these games, a child is able to afford more levels and additional gear by using game currency. However, real money is used to buy this virtual currency and the purchases ranged from $60 to more than $300 in most of Apple's games. A child is able to purchase more game currency due to the fact that their parents' credit card information is stored on their iTunes account. The children were able to do this without their parents' knowledge.
In Britain, Jack Drager, a seven-year-old child, played the Tap Zoo game, afforded by Apple, to the point of running up his parent's bill to the thousands of dollars, according to the Daily Mail. The Drager family did not know that some of the animal purchases through this device would amount to as much as $129 per animal.
Apple argues that parents could have simply blocked their children from making these charges by changing certain settings in their iTunes account. Apple has since altered their practices to prevent this from happening in the future.
Companies from Illinois that find themselves in a similar situation to Apple should consider hiring a Chicago business litigation attorney to defend themselves.