No Immediate Ruling On Peters Vs. Honda

Small Claims Court judge will rule on case brought by Heather Peters, who is suing for $10,000 over her Honda Civic Hybrid.

Published: 05-Jan-2012

It was Honda Motor Co. versus the little guy Tuesday, as a lone Civic hybrid owner faced off against the automaker in Small Claims Court in Torrance.

Heather Peters, a 46-year-old Los Angeles resident, took the unusual tactic after learning of a proposed class-action lawsuit settlement that covered her 2006 vehicle. That settlement, over the Civic hybrid's worse-than-advertised fuel economy, would give trial lawyers $8.5 million while Civic hybrid owners would get as little as $100 and rebate coupons for the purchase of a new car.

Peters opted out of the class action and instead filed suit in Small Claims Court, where California law prohibits defendants like Honda from bringing attorneys. On Tuesday, she asked Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Douglas G. Carnahan to award her the maximum of $10,000 to compensate her for spending significantly more on gasoline than she had expected.

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