SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) – The Federal Trade Commission
(FTC) announced that a federal judge granted its request for a summary judgment
in the agency’s lawsuit against Amazon for allegations of billing consumers for
unauthorized in-app charges incurred by children.
The judge decided that Amazon’s disclosures about the
possibility of in-app purchases were not enough to warn consumers about charges
in otherwise-free apps.
“We are pleased the federal judge found Amazon liable for
unfairly billing consumers for unauthorized in-app purchases by children,” FTC
Chairwoman Edith Ramirez said. “We look forward to making a case for full
refunds to consumers as a result of Amazon’s actions.”
The court order mandates further representations from the
FTC and Amazon on how much monetary relief Amazon will owe to consumers.
The FTC filed its case against Amazon in July 2014. In
related settlements, Apple Inc. and Google Inc. reached deals that led to more
than $50 million in refund payments.