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Apple accused of operating as an ‘unlicensed casino’ in lawsuit

Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by AppleInsider, Apple has been hit with another class action lawsuit claiming that it profits from illegal gambling apps on its  App Store.

The complaint, lodged in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California specifically names casino apps developed by DoubleU Games Co. It alleges that the apps constitute illegal gambling pursuant to various state laws.

The lawsuit also accuses Apple of operating as an “unlicensed casino” by permitting and facilitating illegal gambling. This is (at least) the third lawsuit of this type.

In December 2020 a lawsuit was lodged in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut by Karen Workman, the plaintiff in the case. She claims she downloaded an app called “Jackpot Mania” in 2017, and “began purchasing coins through the app so he/she could continue to play for a chance to win free coins that would enable him/her to enjoy the game(s) for a longer period of time.”

In the six months before filing the suit, Workman claims she spent $3,312.19 on in-game coins. Gambling apps are banned on the App Store, but the complaint argues that apps with in-game currency still fall under the “gambling” category because users “have the ability to win and therefore acquire more playing time.”

In February 2021, a class action lawsuit blamed Apple for hosting and hosting and profiting from casino-style apps through the App Store. Lodged with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Columbia, it’s a class action “arising from Apple’s profiting from illegal gambling games.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the news editor of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.