In August 2021, Apple agreed to pay $100 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by developers and make changes to the App Store. Judge Yvonne-Gonzalez Rogers, who is overseeing the case, said yesterday that she plans to approve the settlement, but raised concerns about the amount the lawyers would collect.
as described by Law360Rogers said he’d like more data on the “math” behind the request for a $27 million attorney fee, and how much the fee would reduce small developer claims. She asked for a mathematical analysis of how little each class member would get if they were awarded $25 million in attorneys’ fees instead of $27 million to each class member.
Rogers said that for some developers, the difference could be significant, so he wants to “look at the numbers.” Apple said in March that the $27 million charge exceeded the 25 percent benchmark set by the Ninth Circuit Court.
Apple calls the deal Small Development Assistance Fund, and began accepting developers’ claims in January. Developers had until May 20 to file a claim via the website, and Apple provided several reminders. Developers were able to claim between $250 and $30,000, depending on their historical participation in the App Store.
There were approximately 67,000 eligible developers. Developers earning less than $100 will receive a minimum payout of $250, while those earning more than $1 million will be entitled to a higher payout. Minimum payments are subject to change depending on the total number of claims.
The settlement stems from a 2019 lawsuit in which a group of iOS developers accused Apple of using its ‘App Store’ monopoly to levy “for-profit-aversion” charges. Developers weren’t happy about Apple’s 30 percent cut in App Store sales, an issue that was addressed with the App Store Small Business Program, which reduced the commission small developers would have to pay by 15 percent. . hundred.
In addition to paying a $100 settlement fee, Apple agreed to allow developers to use communications such as email to share information about payment methods available outside of the App Store, as well as Apple Expanded the number of price points available. For developer subscription.
Apple also committed to keeping the App Store Small Business Program and App Store Search unchanged for at least three years, and the company also produced an annual transparency report based on App Store data. Covering app rejections, apps removed from the App Store, search info, and more.
The Small Developer Assistance Fund website says it plans to distribute the funds to developers who have filed a “timely and valid claim” at the earliest.