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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.


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