Apple Buyers Win Class Cert. Over Refurbished iPhone Parts

Law360 (September 17, 2019, 10:33 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday granted class certification to Apple customers who accuse the tech giant of improperly replacing their broken iPhones and iPads with refurbished parts under a misleading warranty, denying the company's attempt to secure an early win.

U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick denied Apple's summary judgment request on Tuesday, saying Apple's "arguments are based on a misunderstanding of plaintiffs' theory of liability; none succeeds."

The judge said a fact-finder could credit the expert reports that the plaintiffs rely on to make their case and find that remanufactured devices are "inferior" to new ones.

"Apple can challenge...

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