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Honda loses hybrid lawsuit in SoCal small-claims court

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Honda Motors lost in Los Angeles today to Civic hybrid owner Heather Peters. The MPG-maven was awarded $9,867 for the car company's failure to deliver on stated claims about mileage.

The Civic hybrid owner sued the automaker when she did not receive the fuel economy promised with her 2006 vehicle. On Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner Douglas Carnahan said Honda misled her about the expected mileage, and awarded the Southern California woman a small-claims victory. 

Peters previously opted out of a class-action lawsuit in order to try for a higher payout. A former lawyer, Peters hoped to inspire others, saying if all 200,000 owners of the same '06 car sued Honda and won, it could cost the company $2 billion.

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