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Honda Hybrid Lawsuit: Heather Peters' Suit Is Taken Into Submission By Judge

04/20/12 06:07 PM ET AP

TORRANCE, Calif. -- A Los Angeles County judge has taken into submission American Honda Motor Co.'s appeal of a small-claims court award given to car owner who said the automaker misrepresented the gas mileage of her hybrid Civic.

A court clerk says Superior Court Judge Dudley W. Gray II took the case under submission on Friday and will issue a ruling later.

Gray heard testimony in the highly publicized case this week as Honda sought to reverse an award of $9,867 to Heather Peters.

Peters opted out of a class-action settlement giving some 200,000 owners between $100 and $200 each, plus a rebate if they buy a new Honda, electing instead to sue the automaker on her own.

Her case has since prompted 1,700 others to opt out of the class-action settlement.

Earlier on HuffPost:

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Heather Peters reviews documents while sitting inside the 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid she says never achieved the 50 mpg Honda claimed in its advertising, outside small claims court in Torrrance, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. Peters has opted out of a class action settlement agreed to by Honda because it does not provide enough remuneration. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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