A group of California parents calling Apple's in-app purchasing practices rotten for luring their kids with expensive "addictive" game apps gets to proceed with a class-action lawsuit. A San Jose judge recently denied Apple's effort to get the case dismissed.
In the suit, the parents allege that their minor children were able make purchases of "game currency" within free games without their knowledge or permission. And the "highly addictive" nature of the games "compel children playing them to purchase large quantities of game currency, amounting to as much as $100 per purchase or more," the suit alleges.
Gaming currency allows secondary purchases, such as additional levels, within the game and serves as a surrogate for real-world dollars. Children's game "The Smurfs' Village," for example, uses "smurfberries" as currency for purchase for up to nearly $60.
The Daily Mail reported that one British 7-year-old racked up thousands of dollars in charges within four days of his mother downloading the free game Tap Zoo to her iPad for him.