American Honda Motor Co. has filed an appeal to reverse a decision that awarded $9,867 to a woman who sued the automaker because the fuel economy of her Honda Civic Hybrid was falsely advertised, according to an Associated Press report. A small claims court decision last February had favored Heather Peters, 46, a lawyer from Los Angeles.
She filed a suit against Honda in small-claims court in Torrance, Calif., where American Honda is based. Honda filed the appeal after 1,700 other hybrid owners opted out of a class-action settlement that gave between $100 and $200 cash plus a rebate to about 200,000 owners of 2003 to 2009 Civics to settle these claims.
Last month, Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor approved the class-action settlement that included $8.5 million in plaintiff attorney fees. This settlement of this case was heavily reported last January. Peters had claimed that her 2006 Civic Hybrid didn’t meet fuel economy expectations. The court had ruled that Honda had negligently misled Peters when it claimed that the hybrid would get as many as 50 mpg.
Peters opted out of the class-action settlement achieved in September 2011 so she could attempt to get a bigger damage award. The original class-action suit was filed in 2007.
Honda's appeal of the small claims verdict went back to court last Thursday before a superior court judge who is listening to testimony from both sides. Honda has legal representation while Peters is offering evidence that she has found since she got her award. [source: DetroitNews]