iTunes Gift Card Class Action Settles for $3.25 per Customer

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Kurtzman Carson Consultants announced Monday afternoon that a settlement has been reached in the class action suit of Johnson v. Apple Inc. The suit involved iTunes customers who purchased songs from the iTunes Music Store for $1.29 using gift cards whose labels or packaging contained language promising songs for $0.99.

iTunes Gift Card Verbiage
iTunes Gift Card Verbiage

Starting April 1, 2009, Apple introduced a three-tier pricing structure for the iTunes Music Store, continuing to sell some tracks at the traditional price of $0.99 while also introducing a $0.69 price point for catalogue tracks and a $1.29 price point for new or popular tracks. Prices are determined by the publishers.

During the transition to this new pricing model, Apple continued to sell iTunes Gift Cards that advertised $0.99 songs on their packaging. This caused plaintiff Gabriel Johnson to file suit in July 2009, a suit that then became a class action.

The suit has been settled out of court, and eligible class members are set to receive $3.25 in iTunes Store credit. As is typical of class action suits, attorneys fees dwarf the class award to individuals and have been set at $2,117,500.

If you are eligible for the settlement you can find instructions on filing a claim at Kurtzman Carson Consultants website.

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Lee Dronick

This morning I received an email from them regarding this. I deleted it as not worth the bother.


As is typical of class action suits, attorneys fees dwarf the class award to individuals and have been set at $2,117,500.

Didn’t get a notice on this; but would do the same as Lee. It is what I have done with all such settlements. It is basically an attorney cash grab.


Deleting it does no good! You need to “opt-out” of class actions to not be bound by their judgments. Also, if enough of us opt-out, Apple may be able to negotiate better terms. In any case, if you think that it is just a cash grab, if the action fails to be certified, then the Attorneys fees won’t be awarded to the Attorneys.


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