How to get up to $30 from Apple’s Family Sharing settlement

Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a class action lawsuit that accused the company of misleading customers about its Family Sharing feature. The lawsuit claimed that Apple advertised that Family Sharing would allow users to share their subscriptions to Apple services, such as Apple Music, Apple TV+, and iCloud, with up to five family members. However, some users found out that they could not share their subscriptions with certain family members, depending on their citizenship or immigration status.

The lawsuit alleged that Apple violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which prohibits employers from discriminating against workers based on their citizenship or immigration status. The lawsuit also alleged that Apple violated various state consumer protection laws, such as California’s Unfair Competition Law and False Advertising Law.

How to get up to $30 from Apple’s Family Sharing settlement
How to get up to $30 from Apple’s Family Sharing settlement

According to the settlement agreement, Apple will pay up to $6.75 million in civil penalties and up to $18.25 million in back pay to eligible claimants. The claimants include U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, lawful permanent residents, and individuals who have been granted asylum or refugee status, who purchased or attempted to purchase a subscription to an Apple service between Feb. 15, 2019 and Nov. 9, 2023, and who were unable to share their subscription with a family member through Family Sharing.

The settlement agreement also requires Apple to make changes to its Family Sharing feature, such as providing clear and accurate information about the eligibility requirements for sharing subscriptions, allowing users to share their subscriptions with any family member who has an Apple ID, and offering refunds or credits to users who were affected by the issue.

The settlement agreement is subject to court approval. The claimants have until Feb. 7, 2024 to submit their claims online or by mail. The claimants may receive up to $30 each, depending on the number of valid claims submitted. More information about the settlement and the claim process can be found at www.applefamilysharingsettlement.com.

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