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'Civic' duty: Honda wins appeal of hybrid mileage ruling

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A car ruling has been overturned in Los Angeles with Honda winning its appeal of a small-claims hybrid judgment, it was announced Wednesday.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Dudley W. Gray overturned the judgment against American Honda Motor Co. won by Heather Peters in February, finding that most Civic hybrid owners achieve fuel economy close to federal EPA estimates.

Peters opted out of a class action settlement and sued the automaker. The MPG-maven was to be awarded $9,867 in the initial judgement.

According to the Associated Press, Peters sued over misrepresentation of gas mileage. However, when Peters spoke to KPCC's Rob Strauss in February, she explained it was only part of the reason for the lawsuit. Honda, she claimed, made a software fix to the car that reduced the mileage per gallon without letting customers know it would do that.

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Honda seeks appeal in LA, wants to overturn hybrid lawsuit award

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An appeal is being heard Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court as lawyers for the American Honda Motor Company seek to reverse a highly publicized small-claims award from earlier this year.

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

Peters, who opted out of a class action settlement, sued the automaker when she did not receive the fuel economy promised with her 2006 vehicle.

A service manager for Honda testified to achieving up to 55 mpg in a 115-mile test drive. A separate analyst testified that she was unable to duplicate the promised 50 mpg.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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Expo Line train collides with car in Exposition Park

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An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Kat Russell/OnCentral

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

expo line train car accident

Photo by Elina Shatkin

An empty Expo Line train was involved in an accident with a single car near USC on Thursday, April 19, 2012.


An empty Expo Line train collided with a car on Thursday morning in Exposition Park. One person sustained minor injuries, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital. No passengers were aboard the train.

The incident, which occurred at 10:17 a.m., could be heard nearby. 

Senior editor at Los Angeles magazine Elina Shatkin, who was touring the new north campus of the Natural History Museum, told KPCC she heard a "sickening crunch" and went to the scene at the corner of Exposition and USC Watt Way.

The car, a blue Honda Civic, was towed away just after 11 a.m. The train began to move a few minutes later.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

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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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