(CTN News) – Apple has settled a class action lawsuit regarding its Family Sharing feature. The company has agreed to pay $25 million to resolve the claims made against it.
The lawsuit, which was initiated in 2019, accused Apple of misrepresenting the functionality of its Family Sharing feature, specifically about sharing subscriptions to apps.
Apple has denied any wrongdoing and maintains that it did not make any misleading statements.
The settlement agreement states that Apple has decided to settle the case to avoid the burden and expense of further litigation, without admitting any fault or liability.
MacRumors was the first to report this news, while TechCrunch’s request for comment went unanswered.
According to court documents, the lawsuit alleges that Apple promoted Family Sharing as an option on apps that were not compatible with the feature.
According to the court document, the majority of subscription-based Apps on the platform cannot be shared with family members, despite claiming to support Family Sharing.
The lawsuit alleges that Apple knowingly advertised Family Sharing on these apps, leading millions of consumers to believe they were eligible for sharing, only to discover after payment that they were not. U.S. residents who purchased a subscription-based app between June 21, 2015, and January 30, 2019, while enrolled in a Family Sharing group may be eligible for a payment.
Each class member can receive up to $50, with $10 million allocated for attorney fees. Eligible individuals have until March 1, 2024, to file a claim, and a final approval hearing is set for April 2, 2024.