Heather Peters is back in a California court because she wants more money—for other Honda Civic Hybrid owners, that is. Peters is trying to sink the class-action settlement that would award other owners just a fraction of her nearly $10,000 reward she received last month.
The Detroit News says Peters is back in court before Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor, who will make the final decision whether to accept the class-action settlement. The proposed settlement between Honda and about 200,000 owners of the Honda Civic Hybrid, ranging from model years 2003-2009, calls for them to be awarded between $100 to $200, plus a rebate toward the purchase of a new Honda vehicle. Peters argues the settlement is unfair, especially when weighing it against the $8.5 million payout to trial lawyers.
"It is appalling that a class action lawsuit on behalf of the people will result in a $200 rebate ... when lawyers will receive over $8 million. Where is the equity in that?" wrote Honda owner Gregory De Mattia in a court filing.
This ongoing battle between Honda and unhappy Civic Hybrid owners sparked a fire when Peters, then a former corporate attorney, opted out of the class-action settlement and took the case to small claims court, where she won a $9867 reward. Since then, she has been encouraging more opposition, and has even renewed her license to practice law after a 10-year break.
Peters has said before, “I am just trying to give people a tool kit that shows they have options besides capitulating for $100 or going out and hiring an expensive attorney.” However hard she intends to continue fighting, Honda has revealed its plans to appeal her reward. Judge Taylor is expected to make his decision today.
Source: The Detroit News