Apple settles family sharing subscription lawsuit2023-12-16 16:24 by Daniela
Apple has paid $25 million to settle a class action lawsuit over its Family Sharing feature, and you might be eligible for a payout, as reported by MacRumors. The settlement stems from a 2019 lawsuit accusing Apple of misleading users about the apps you can use Family Sharing with.
Apple says that Family Sharing lets you and up to five other family members share access to Apple services as well as Apple Books, iTunes, and App Store purchases. This class action lawsuit, however, suggested that Apple put a Family Sharing ad on apps that were not actually available via Family Sharing.
According to the lawsuit, people were "induced to purchase Apple devices," thinking they were able to use Family Sharing because of Apple's "deceptive and misleading practices." In actuality, those people weren't able to use Family Sharing for as many apps as they had initially hoped.
"Apple has made millions of dollars in fraudulent sales to individuals who Apple told were receiving up to six copies of an App when they were receiving only one," the lawsuit alleged.
Here's who's eligible for the settlement: if you were enrolled in a Family Sharing group with at least one other person between June 21, 2015, and January 30, 2019, were a U.S. resident during that time, and purchased a subscription to an app (other than one published by Apple) through the App Store during that time.
Eligible class members have until March 1, 2024, to file a claim, and a final approval hearing is scheduled for April 2, 2024.
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