Google faces class action suit over children’s in-app purchases

March 11, 2014
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The class action suit was filed on behalf of all persons in the United States who paid for unauthorized purchases of game currency by their minor children through the Google Play app store. 

Many games in the Google Play store are offered free but are designed to induce in-app purchases of virtual supplies, ammunition, fruits and vegetables, or cash, the class action law firms involved in the case noted in the complaint.

The case against Google is similar to one brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Apple. That case was settled in January with Apple agreeing to pay at least $32.5 million to customers.  

But unlike Google, Apple changed its practices so that users must enter their password to make all in-app purchases, law firm Berger & Montague noted in a news release.

“These games are highly addictive, designed deliberately so, and tend to compel children playing them to purchase large quantities of game currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more,” according to the complaint.

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