An Apple Litigation Update

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Boy, it cannot be fun to be Apple this week. First came all the fuss about iPhones and iPads collecting location data, storing it locally and then backing it up on iTunes devices. Then, after the Cupertino, Calif.-based company sued Samsung for patent infringement, Samsung slapped right back with countersuits-in three different countries.


Samsung is accusing Apple of 10 different infringements. The suit in Seoul, South Korea, addresses half of them, the suit filed in Manheim, Germany, addresses three, and the suit in Tokyo, Japan, addresses two. According to Computerworld, the patents at issue cover

reducing data transmission errors in WCDMA (Wideband CDMA) mobile networks, tethering mobile phones to PCs so the PC can use the phone's wireless data connection, and reducing power consumption when transmitting data over HSPA (High Speed Packet Access) networks.

And on top of everything else, the company is facing what could become a class action lawsuit brought by parents whose children racked up shocking iTunes bills with in-app purchases. SiliconValley.com reports the parents cast blame in Apple's direction because

ITunes didn't ask for a password for in-game purchases if it had been entered within the previous 15 minutes for any reason.

As writer Ralph Jennings explained, if the parents signed in to download a game, the kids could then get items to enhance that game with a click-and without realizing they were actually spending money-because they weren't prompted for the password again.


Though customers who complained were reimbursed and password prompts for in-game purchases are now separate from the prompts for other account log-ins or purchases, Garen Meguerian of Phoenixville, Pa., filed suit in federal court in California on April 15. An Apple spokesperson said the company does not comment on litigation.