Apple sued over in-app purchases in free iOS games

By on April 17, 2011
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An iPhone user was charged $200 after his daughter made in-app purchases with his account.

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Garen Meguerian, a Pheonix, Pennsylvania resident has filed a lawsuit against Apple with the US District Court in California, after being charged $200 for in-app purchases made by his daughters, which he squarely blames it as Apple’s fault. He claims that in-app purchases somehow makes children think that that they are purchasing items using virtual money, rather than actual cash.

According to AppleInsider, Meguerian allowed his two young daughters to download free games from the App Store like Zombie Cafe and Treasure Story.  However, he had no idea that the game allowed to purchase virtual currency to be used in the game with actual money via credit card. Neither had his daughters, apparently, as they racked up a downloaded cost of $200.

Though Apple mandates that users input their passwords each time they purchase an item, Meguerian argues that “because the passwords now required for purchases of Game Currency are the same passwords required for any Apple purchase, minors aware of such password may purchase Game Currency without authorization from their parents for that purchase.” The lawsuit cites games like Bakery Story, Tap Zoo, Tap Fish, Glass Tower, Sundae Maker, Cake Maker and Smurf’s Village as using a “bait-and-switch business scheme” that allows Apple “to pocket millions of dollars”.

One simple solution to his problem is to not allow his daughters on his iTunes password. How hard could it be, really?


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • Mohannad Alchalabi

    LOL alright. Basically the idiot let his kid use his phone which he therefore considers a toy. So far whenever I buy anything or even get anything free from my ipod touch itunes app, it asks me for my password. I guess his kid knew his password? His own fault really hahaha What is this guy’s name? Maybe he should be named dumbass of the week!

  • nAVED

    woooow how idiot one can be….

  • nAVED

    woooow how idiot one can be….

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