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access_time April 14, 2012 at 7:44 AM in Mobile by Ramon Aranda

Apple Being Taken to Court Over Free-to-Play, Kid-Oriented Apps

Looks like the class-action suit from parents who say Apple gave kids a 15-min window to make in-app purchases from free-to-play games is going to court.

Last year, a federal judge in California heard multiple claims from parents who say there kids were victims of “bait apps”, according to GamesIndustry.biz, resulting in over $100 in charges to their iTunes accounts.

When someone purchases or downloads an app from the App Store, a user must enter his or her password, but the company previously left a 15-minute window in which another user could then make in-app purchases without entering the password again.  Apple has since removed that window.

Apple tried to have the lawsuit dismissed but was unsuccessful.

“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 ,” U.S. District Judge Edward Davila stated.

Apple is expected to file its defense on May 24.



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