Suddenly the class action settlement doesn't look so good

San Diego County Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor granted five states -- including California and Texas -- more time for the consideration of whether or not the states will object of class action settlement between Honda and owners of some of the automakers hybrid vehicles. The interest of at least one of the states was piqued when Heather Peters was recently awarded $9867 in small claims court. That case will certainly be appealed by Honda.
Peters took Honda to small claims court alleging that Honda had misled owners of the Civic Hybrid by using fuel economy numbers in their marketing that were unattainable in the real world. Peters took the small claims court because Honda would be barred from bringing attorneys to fight.
The five states that have asked for more time to consider objecting to a proposed class-action suit that Peters opted out of include California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington.
The proposed class-action settlement between Honda and owners of some of its hybrid vehicles would see each member of the class getting a few hundred dollars and up to $1500 in rebates towards purchase of a new Honda. It would seem that the states are considering an objection because the settlement is clearly not as good as what Peters won in small claims court.
While Judge Taylor granted the states the extra time requested to consider objecting, he did chastise the states for not objecting until a couple of days before the deadline when other states were able to enter their objections early.
Judge Taylor said, "They managed to get theirs in on time. I don't see why you can't."
California Deputy Attorney General Albert Sheldon said it meant that the victory won by Peters in small claims court in Los Angeles caught their attention.

Source: Detroit News

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