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Apple’s In-App Purchasing Settlement Drawing Near Approval

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Last Friday, Apple’s proposed settlement regarding in-app purchases made by children without their parents’ consent was discussed in a court hearing. In relation to the court hearing, counsel of both parties will hammer out how the company will mete out refunds.

The settlement could see claims for more 23 million iTunes users. Additionally, Apple will be offering plaintiffs $5 iTunes credit or cash of the same amount. There will also be full refunds for claims $30 and above.

Claim Requirements for Offended iTunes Users

There were reports that Apple will send out over 23 million notices to iTunes users who were possibly affected by the in-app purchasing process. The matter at hand has something to do with minors making it too easy for them to make in-app purchases using their parents’ credit card details.

However, the company’s counsel said that the payout will likely be smaller. That’s because iTunes users need to meet a certain requirement to have a successful claim.

As stated on the settlement, the purchase must be made by a minor without his or her guardian’s consent. The claim also applies to certain apps only. Moreover, they need to fill out a form that states which apps were used to make credit card charges.

US District Court Judge Edward Davila, on the other hand, raised concern over the requirements that the users need to accomplish. That’s because the said requirements include looking through previous purchases to find the offending apps.

However, Apple’s lawyer pointed out that users can see their entire iTunes purchase history online. Furthermore, a special tool will be embedded on the settlement’s website, so users can find relevant applications.

With regards to the company’s settlement, a federal judge is expected to rule down its approval some time this week.

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