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Apple Sued for Return of Gambling Game Money Mississippi Class Action

This class action brings suit against Apple, Inc., to recover money lost through gambling games that are illegal under the laws of the Code of Mississippi. The complaint alleges, “Apple promotes, enables, and profits from games downloaded from its App Store and played by numerous Mississippi residents that constitute illegal gambling under the statutory law and the strong public policy of the state of Mississippi.”

The class for this action is all Mississippi residents who downloaded, played, and paid money for additional coins in games from the Apple App Stores that featured slots, roulette, blackjack, poker, keno, craps, and other kinds of casino-style gambling games, bingo, or simulations thereof, where the player had a chance to win coins or other means to play for additional periods of time, between March 18, 2018 to class certification in this case.

A large number of mobile apps run on Apple’s iOS and are sold through the Apple App Store. Apple takes 30% of the revenue from the apps or in-app purchases, and all of the purchases are processed through Apple’s payment interface. The complaint makes the point that “all in-app and other purchases involve the payment of money to Apple, not the developers.”

That’s not the only control Apple exercises. The complaint alleges, “In order to sell apps in the App Store, developers must submit their programs to Apple, which then decides whether the app may be included in the App Store and thus downloaded to iOS devices.”

Apple allows customers to buy apps for casino-style gambling games. The games include slot-machine-style games plus other gambling games like blackjack, roulette, poker, keno, and bingo. The complaint includes a table with two hundred of the most popular gambling games.

Most of the work in roughly the same way: When customers first open the app, they have a set amount of free “coins” to play with. When customers lose a game, they lose coins. When customers run out of coins, they are invited to buy more coins with real money, so that they can keep playing.

The plaintiff in this case, Lue Stephens downloaded two of the games, Storm8Studios Slots and Big Fish Casino, sometime around January 2014. In order to keep playing, she paid Apple a total of $5,562.62 for more coins so that she could keep playing.

According to the complaint, even though players do not win real money at the games, Mississippi still considers them to be illegal gambling games: “Mississippi courts have made it clear that, under the state’s gambling statutes, paying money in a game for a chance to win more playing time constitutes illegal gambling.”

The complaint thus claims that Apple is the “principal promoter and facilitator” of the illegal gambling games. It claims that Apple has the ability to restrict certain games only to certain states.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Apple Sued for Return of Gambling Game Money Mississippi Complaint

March 18, 2021

This class action brings suit against Apple, Inc., to recover money lost through gambling games that are illegal under the laws of the Code of Mississippi. The complaint alleges, “Apple promotes, enables, and profits from games downloaded from its App Store and played by numerous Mississippi residents that constitute illegal gambling under the statutory law and the strong public policy of the state of Mississippi.”

Apple Sued for Return of Gambling Game Money Mississippi Complaint

Case Event History

Apple Sued for Return of Gambling Game Money Mississippi Complaint

March 18, 2021

This class action brings suit against Apple, Inc., to recover money lost through gambling games that are illegal under the laws of the Code of Mississippi. The complaint alleges, “Apple promotes, enables, and profits from games downloaded from its App Store and played by numerous Mississippi residents that constitute illegal gambling under the statutory law and the strong public policy of the state of Mississippi.”

Apple Sued for Return of Gambling Game Money Mississippi Complaint
Tags: Electronic Games, Entertainment, Gambling or Gambling Games