A group of US parents, have successfully petitioned a federal judge to hear a class action lawsuit against Apple over in-app purchases.
The plaintiffs are claiming Apple is unfairly profiting from in-app purchases, after their children spent tens of thousands of dollars on their iOS devices.
Apple’s request for the lawsuit to be thrown out was dismissed by Northern District of California Judge Edward J. Davila, removing one plaintiff’s motion but allowing four others to proceed.
Last year, after similar complaints from a group of parents, Apple made changes to iOS 4.3 to require an iTunes password to be entered in order to make in-app purchases but, according to the parents attorney, the added security doesn’t go far enough.
“Apple requires its users to authenticate their accounts by entering a password prior to buying and/or downloading an App or buying Game Currency,” attorney Garen Meguerian’s court filing says. “Until recently, however, once the password was entered, Apple permitted the user, even if a minor, to buy Game Currency for up to fifteen minutes without re-entering the password.
The complete ruling can be read on Scribd.