Japan company sues Apple for terminating its Apple Developer Account

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Another day, another lawsuit. As noted by Patently Apple, the Japanese company Digital Will is suing Apple for intentional interference with contract relations and more.

The article notes that the has filed a 5-count lawsuit against Apple:

  • Count 1: Breach of Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.
  • Count 2: Intentional Interference with Contractual Relations
  • Count 3: Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage
  • Count 4: Negligent Interference with Prospective with Prospective Economic Advantage
  • Count 5: Violations of Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200, ET SEQ.

Digital Will says that in March, it received a boilerplate message from Apple’s App Store Review stating that Apple determined that Digital Will’s ADP membership “has been used for dishonest or fraudulent activity,” and thus, Plaintiff’s ADP account was “flagged for removal.”

The boilerplate message stated that Apple found that Digital Will’s Apple Developer Program (ADP) account was allegedly “associated with terminated developer accounts, or accounts pending termination, in direct violation of the Apple Developer Program License Agreement.”

Patently Apple notes that Apple’s message to Digital Will didn’t identify any such accounts that were terminated or pending termination with which Digital Will’s account was allegedly associated. What’s more, the message allegedly failed to identify any specific facts whatsoever, or any particular misconduct in which Digital Will engaged that violated the DPLA.

Digital Will says it has sustained damages in an amount of not less than USD $765,000 to be determined at trial. The company describes itself as “a Software Solution Developer, a Digital Marketing Agency, a Game Publisher and Product Innovation Lab.” Its LinkedIn account says it has “11-50 employees.” 

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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.