Honda Civic Hybrid owner wins $9,867 in small claims court

Award is greater than damages she would have received through class action settlement

A Civic owner who refused to join a class action settlement against Honda Motor Corp. is reaping the rewards of her decision.

In 2007, a group of Civic Hybrid owners filed a class action lawsuit against the Japanese carmaker, claiming the car’s actual fuel economy didn’t match the company’s claims. Civic Hybrid owner Heather Peters opted out of the class action suit when she learned that the proposed settlement would pay trial lawyers $8.5 million, while class members would receive $200 cash and a $500 or $1,000 rebate to purchase a new Honda. Instead, Peters took her complaint to small claims court.

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