Facebook is now facing legal action started by a mother in California who is suing the company for violating that state’s consumer protection laws. The mother, Glynnis Bohannon, has filed the suit against the social network giant demanding a refund for purchase made by her minor son and a refund (for other parents) for all purchases made by minors on Facebook.
The class action suit seeks to represent “All parents and legal guardians in the United States whose children made unauthorized purchases of Facebook Credits from the minor child’s Facebook account“, but it seems like Facebook has covered this scenario in their payment terms, both for first and third party payments.
If you are under the age of 18, you may make payments only with the involvement of a parent or guardian. You should review these Payments Terms with a parent or guardian to make sure that you both understand them.
If you enter into a transaction with a third party and have a dispute over the goods or services you purchased we have no liability for such goods or services. Our only involvement with regard to such transaction is as a payment agent.”
Facebook Credits are used on Facebook for both first and third-party applications and, while the suit doesn’t explicitly state which app has caused hassles for Bohannon, it seems likely that this case is related to a first-party app. Users who make purchases via Facebook are required to agree to the payment terms which, in the case of a minor, state that they (the minor) have to have involved a parent or guardian in the process. Whether a court will rule that Facebook is responsible when a minor does not take these steps is uncertain.
via GamePolitics: http://gamepolitics.com/2012/04/20/facebook-sued-over-game-app-purchases