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Honda appeal seeks to overturn woman's award

By LINDA DEUTSCH AP Special Correspondent

April 19, 2012

Honda lawyers are challenging a woman who won a highly publicized small claims court award for her under-performing hybrid Honda Civic.

Honda appealed the $9,867 award to Heather Peters who sued the giant automaker when her hybrid failed to get a promised 50 miles per gallon. She sued individually to avoid being part of a class action that promised participants only $200 each in a settlement with Honda.

A superior court judge is hearing testimony Thursday from both sides in what is essentially a second trial. According to small claims rules, this is the last chance for review of the case. It cannot be appealed further.

Unlike the small claims trial, Honda has legal representation and Peters, who renewed her law license, is presenting new evidence Thursday.

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