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Breach of contract dispute breaks against Apple

Citing California's protection laws regarding consumers, a class-action lawsuit has been brought against global conglomerate Apple. The lawsuit has been initiated by an angry "Breaking Bad" fan who believes he has been unethically forced to pay twice to see his beloved series. Specifically, he is claiming a breach of contract against Apple's iTunes.

The lawsuit suggests that iTunes acted deceptively toward viewers who had a subscription called a "Season Pass". The "Season Pass" allowed them to watch the last season of the "Breaking Bad" series, which was season five. However, because "Breaking Bad" had 16 episodes during its fifth season, the show ran longer than other series' seasons. This meant that iTunes technically divided the show between two seasons and charged viewers twice because one season bled into another.

The cost of an iTunes "Season Pass" varies from $14.99 to $22.99, depending on what type of download the consumer chooses. This fee was only for "Breaking Bad", not for any other iTunes series. Consequently, the breach of contract dispute is demanding remuneration for any "Breaking Bad" enthusiasts who were forced to double-pay to watch their preferred show.

If this breach of contract suit against iTunes holds up in court, it could have wide-ranging consequences for the way Apple charges for any series it shows. It will also show just how the California consumer protection regulations can be used by customers who feel they have been ripped off. For the record, the initiator of the class action lawsuit is asking for $20.00.

Source: chron.com, Lawsuit filed over how Apple split new season of 'Breaking Bad', No author, Sept. 10, 2013

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