Google will settle charges and repay $19 million to consumers whose children were allegedly deceived into making mobile purchases through the Android app store, according to Federal officials.
The Federal Trade Commission filed suit, alleging that since 2011, Google “made it too easy for children to use Android phones to buy items ranging from 99 cents to $200 in kids-oriented games without a parent’s permission.”
According to a story on the lawsuit at the Washington Post, “The settlement is the latest in the FTC’s three-year investigation into so-called “in-app purchases” on devices running software by Apple, Amazon and Google. The enforcement agency has said the purchases are deceptive and particularly harmful for children. Apple agreed to a $32.5 million settlement last January. Amazon in July said it would fight similar charges brought by the FTC.”
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There’s just no backing down for Apple.
Despite a federal judge’s ruling in the opposite opinion, Apple believes Samsung’s infringing products should be banned.
According to The New York Times, Apple is now moving forward with an appeal even though it won the legal battle against Samsung.
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This isn’t going to look good on LinkedIn’s resume.
Professional Social Network LinkedIn Corp. has paid nearly $6 million in back wages and damages to 359 current and former employees. It settles a suit brought by the U.S. Labor Department, which said workers were not properly paid for overtime worked between February, 2012 and February, 2014.
According to the terms of the agreement, LinkedIn also agreed to instruct managers about overtime work policies and admonish them not to retaliate against employees who express concerns regarding workplace issues.
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Notwithstanding the company’s adamant claims that it didn’t conspire with some of the world’s leading publishers to fix eBook prices, Apple on Wednesday agreed to a whopping $450 million settlement.
The settlement should bring to an end the U.S. state and consumer allegations that the venerable Mac maker was involved in some eBook funny business.
The settlement, which would provide $400 million for consumers, is conditioned on the outcome of a pending appeal of a New York federal judge’s ruling last year that Apple was liable for violating antitrust laws.
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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is setting its sights on Amazon. And, as a result, the world’s leading online retailer and fast-emerging mobile player may be forced to pay a hefty penalty.
As it turns out, Amazon may have been processing millions of dollars in unauthorized in-app purchases from mobile apps that took advantage of young audiences.
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History was made in the state of Pennsylvania last week, mGamingWatch reports, as state senator Edwin B. Erickson officially introduced a bill that could usher in the era of regulated online gambling in Pennsylvania.
SB 1386 was sent to the Community, Economic & Recreational Development Committee last Tuesday.
If passed into law, the bill will let Pennsylvania secure interactive gaming agreements with other US states where online gambling is currently regulated and legal. As of this writing, those territories are limited to just three other states – New Jersey, Delaware, and Nevada.
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The US District Court of Illinois recently rejected the dismissal argument that Path, the social networking service, put on the table, costing them the first round in their mobile spam lawsuit.
The company has been accused of sending SMS messages to consumers without first inviting them to join their service, and the recent ruling to toss their dismissal argument allows the class-action lawsuit filed by Illinois resident Kevin Sterk to proceed.
Filed in March 2013, Sterk’s complaint alleges that the social networking service violated TCPA laws by sending SMS ads using auto dialers without first getting permission from recipients. In his complaint Sterk alleges that an unsolicited text was sent to him by Path telling him that another Path user wanted to show him photos on the service’s website, and that the same message also had a link to that website with instructions on how to register and join.
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