Apple Might Owe You Money After Its $25 Million Family Sharing Lawsuit Settlement

Apple has agreed to pay $25 million to settle a potential class-action lawsuit surrounding the way its App Store and Family Sharing works.

Apps and subscriptions bought in the App Store may be eligible for Family Sharing, a feature that allows families to pay once for a subscription and then have it become available to all members of that family.

However, developers can opt out of Family Sharing and it might not always be obvious that’s the case. That’s where the class-action lawsuit comes from, and it was first filed back in 2019.

Now, MacRumors reports that those who are affected could be about to receive some money from the settlement — but we wouldn’t suggest that anyone starts looking at luxury yachts just yet. The figures talked about aren’t huge.

U.S. Apple users who participated in a Family Sharing group with at least one other member and purchased a subscription to an app through the App Store between June 21, 2015 and January 30, 2019 are eligible for a payment.

However, the sums involved aren’t life-changing. Each class member will receive a maximum of $50, with up to $10 million carved out for attorney fees. The actual amount that each person receives will depend on how many claims are made, with customers having until March 1, 2024, to make their claim. From there, an approval hearing is penciled in for April 2, 2024.

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