States back class-ac­tion deal over Honda mileage claims

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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.

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