Seeking damages for California residents who have purchased defective Android apps and were disallowed a refund, Android users Dodd Harris and Stephen Sabatino are suing Google under the pretext that the search giant's 15-minute refund window is unfair.
The pair claim that Google's pocketing of a 30% commission on defective apps and denying a refund after 15 minutes is wrong, using the practices of other app stores (those run by Amazon and Apple) to illustrate their point. This may not be the best comparison, however, as Apple's store has a "vetting process," meaning not all sellers are allowed to provide their wares to the public, whereas Google's Play Store is an open market.
Harris (of Los Angeles) indicated that he bought "Learn Chinese Mandarin Pro" for $4.38, while Sabatino purchased aBTC (a bit-torrent app) for $4.99. The two both claim that the apps were defective, and that they were unable to garner a refund only a short time later. For those interested, here's the full lawsuit:
While the outcome of this case isn't entirely clear, mocoNews rightly points out that California has "what many consider to be the country's strongest consumer-protection laws." Of course, we'll be here to cover any news that may develop surrounding the lawsuit in the future.