States back class-action deal over Honda mileage claims
SAN DIEGO | Attorneys general in California and four other states said Wednesday that they won’t oppose a class-action settlement between Honda Motor Co. and owners of its hybrid cars over inflated claims of fuel efficiency.
The five states had asked a judge for more time to consider after Honda owner Heather Peters won $9,867 in a California small-claims court this month — much more than the several hundred dollars cash that the settlement offers. The judge reluctantly granted a two-week extension for them to declare objections.
Attorneys general in California, Iowa, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington said just hours before the extended deadline that they will sit on the sidelines. California’s attorney general’s office, which took a leading role among the five states, gave no explanation in a one-sentence statement.
Ms. Peters, who has been working full-time to derail the class-action settlement, said she was disappointed and speculated that lack of resources guided the states’ decisions.
Proposed job cuts by American Airlines parent AMR Corp. brought out protesters Wednesday at Dallas-fort Worth International Airport.
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