San Francisco, CA: A consumer fraud class action lawsuit pending against Apple Inc, has reached a tentative settlement, which, if approved, would see eligible class members receive $5 iTunes gift cards.
The lawsuit is brought by parents who allege their children downloaded free games from the Apple mobile app store and then went on to buy in-game extras – effectively charging the cost of the games to their parents – without their parents' knowledge. In some cases these charges ran into the hundreds of dollars.
If approved, Apple would build a website for people who wish to make a claim. As well the tech-giant would send e-mail notifications to some 23 million customers.
According to a report by CNN.com parents whose children incurred larger costs and who want more than $5 gift card, must provide proof that a larger amount was spent by their children during any 45-day period. Those who can show more than $30 in purchases may choose a cash refund instead of an Apple credit. Purchases made until the date of the settlement would be eligible for refunds, CNN.com reported.