The Superior Court in Torrance, in Los Angeles County favored Honda Motor Co. and reversed a $9,867 small claims court ruling for the case of Heather Peters. A resident of California, Peters had decided to drop out of a class-action lawsuit and she pursued her own claim that the company exaggerated the fuel mileage of its Civic Hybrid.
Judge Dudley W. Gray II ruled on this reversal, according to a court docket entry. Peters opted out of the class-action settlement, which paid $100 or $200 to car owners, depending on the model. They will also get a credit of up to $1,500 to buy a new vehicle. Peters as well as plaintiffs in the bigger suit opposed Honda’s claim that the car offers 50 miles a gallon of fuel.
Last February, a small-claims judge sided with Peters that Honda's ads misrepresented the mileage of her 2006 Civic Hybrid and awarded her damages.
He denied Honda’s claims that it would have to go along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s estimate. Peters' Web site indicated that around 1,700 Honda owners have chosen to withdraw from the class-action settlement.