Another Apple Lawsuit

The words Apple and lawsuit occur in the same sentences way too often nowadays and it is understandable for a large company like Apple to be a favorite target. But however from personal experience I can actually empathize with the lawsuit, this time for a change. The lawsuit (via AppleInsider) in brief if about how Apple uses refurbished products when it replaces one of its damaged customer's product under its protection plan/warranty program called AppleCare.  

The class action suit, filed Wednesday, takes offense to Apple replacing damaged devices with refurbished devices. Specifically mentioned, the suit is over the clause in the AppleCare Plus contract documents stating that devices replaced under the program are “equivalent to new in performance and reliability...

Lawyers for the claimants declare in the suit that refurbished means “a secondhand unit that has been modified to appear to be new” and cannot be equivalent in durability or functionality as a new unit.
— AppleInsider
Another Apple Lawsuit, this time targeting its AppleCare program (Source: Apple.com)

Another Apple Lawsuit, this time targeting its AppleCare program (Source: Apple.com)

Let me be clear on a few things here. First of all I have had numerous number of devices (iPhone, iPad, Mac and even an iPod once) replaced due to various issues covered by AppleCare. And not even once have I had any issue with the replaced unit. So at least according to my experience, I can vouch for Apple's claim of "works like new". Also secondly I dont know what other companies do. I mean say you buy a new iPhone and pay for AppleCare. After six months or so the phone needs to be replaced. So which is correct, should you get a brand new iPhone in replacement for your six month old iPhone or should you get a refurbished iPhone that looks and works like new according to Apple, as a replacement? I am not sure which is correct? So like the article says, I think it comes down to technicalities... 

The court case will hinge on the definitions of refurbished, and on how the court interprets ‘equivalent to new in performance and reliability.’
— AppleInsider

In summary when I said previously that I can empathize with this lawsuit, I only meant that I have some questions on this issue myself and don't know which party is correct in this situation.