IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

IF YOU WERE ENROLLED IN AN APPLE FAMILY SHARING GROUP WITH AT LEAST ONE OTHER MEMBER AND PURCHASED A SUBSCRIPTION TO AN APP IN THE APPLE APP STORE AT ANY POINT BETWEEN JUNE 21, 2015 AND JANUARY 30, 2019, YOU SHOULD READ THIS NOTICE. IT MAY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS.

The Superior Court for the State of California authorized this notice. Read it carefully!

It’s not junk mail, spam, an advertisement, or solicitation by a lawyer. You are not being sued.

A settlement has been reached with Apple Inc. (“Apple” or “Defendant”) in a class action lawsuit (the “Lawsuit”) alleging that Apple misrepresented the ability to use its Family Sharing feature to share subscriptions to apps. Apple denies that it made any misleading misrepresentations and denies all allegations of wrongdoing.

You may be included in this settlement as a “Class Member” and entitled to receive a payment called a “Class Payment” if you were enrolled in a Family Sharing group with at least one other person between June 21, 2015 and January 30, 2019, were a U.S. resident during that time, and purchased a subscription to an app (other than one published by Apple) through the App Store during that time. The criteria to be a Class Member are defined more fully in the answer to Question 5 below. Together, all Class Members are collectively referred to as the “Class.”

YOUR RIGHTS ARE AFFECTED WHETHER YOU ACT OR DON’T ACT. READ THIS NOTICE CAREFULLY.

These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in this notice.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT

Stay in the Class

The deadline to choose to receive payment is
March 1, 2024

The parties to the Lawsuit have settled for $25 million. If you received a notification from the independent Settlement Administrator about the Lawsuit, that means that you may be a Class Member. If you are a Class Member and would like to receive a Class Payment, you must choose to receive a Class Payment by either ACH transfer or by check. If you do not inform the Settlement Administrator that you wish to receive a Class Payment by ACH transfer or by check by providing the necessary information by March 1, 2024, you will not receive a Class Payment. You can choose to receive a Class Payment by clicking HERE.

If you decide to stay in the Class, you will give up the right to sue Apple in a separate lawsuit related to the subject matter of the claims in the Lawsuit. The rights you are giving up are called the “Released Claims” and they are described in more detail in Section 8 of the Settlement Agreement available under the Case Documents tab of this website. Unless you opt out of the class, as described in more detail in this notice, you will be part of the Class and will give up your right to sue Apple in a separate lawsuit related to the subject matter of the claims this settlement resolves, even if you do not choose to receive a Class Payment

Opt Out of the Settlement

The deadline to opt out is
March 1, 2024  


  

If you decide to opt out of this settlement, you will keep the right to sue Apple at your expense in a separate lawsuit related to the subject matter of the claims this settlement resolves, but you give up the right to get a Class Payment from this settlement.

This is the only option that allows you to sue, continue to sue, or be part of another lawsuit against Apple related to the subject matter of the claims in this Lawsuit. If you opt out of this settlement and the settlement is approved, you will no longer be represented by the lawyers who represent the Class, known as “Class Counsel.”

Object to the Settlement

The deadline to submit a written objection is
March 1, 2024.

If you do not opt out of the settlement, you may object to it in writing or by asking the Court for permission to speak at the final approval hearing on April 2, 2024.

The Court’s decision whether to finally approve the settlement will include a determination of how much will be paid to Class Counsel and Plaintiffs, the individuals who pursued the Lawsuit on behalf of the Class. You are not personally responsible for any payments to Class Counsel or Plaintiffs, but every dollar paid to Class Counsel and Plaintiffs reduces the overall amount paid to Class Members. You can object to the amounts requested by Class Counsel or Plaintiffs if you think they are unreasonable.

If the settlement is approved by the Court following your objection, you may still be able to receive a Class Payment if you have provided the Settlement Administrator the necessary information.

Go to a Hearing on April 2, 2024

You may ask the Court for permission to speak at the final approval hearing where the parties will request that the final approval order be entered approving the settlement. You may object to the settlement and ask to speak at the final approval hearing, and, if the settlement is approved by the Court, you may still be able to receive a Class Payment if you have provided the Settlement Administrator the necessary information.

These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in this notice.

The Court overseeing this case still has to decide whether to approve the settlement.

This notice summarizes the proposed settlement. For the precise terms and conditions of the settlement, you may (1) see the Settlement Agreement available under the Case Documents tab of this website; (2) contact Class Counsel representing the Class Members (contact information listed under Question 26 below); (3) access the Court docket in this case, for a fee, through the Court’s electronic docket system at www.lacourt.org; or (4) call (213) 830-0800 to make an appointment to personally review court documents in the Clerk’s Office at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse at 111 N. Hill Street, Los Angeles, California 90012.

PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE COURT OR THE COURT CLERK’S OFFICE TO INQUIRE ABOUT THIS NOTICE, THIS SETTLEMENT, OR THE PROCESS FOR RECEIVING A CLASS PAYMENT.