$170M Honda Gas Mileage Settlement Gets Final OK

Law360, New York (March 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT) -- A California state judge approved a $170 million settlement Friday in a class action accusing American Honda Motor Co. of misleading consumers about the Civic Hybrid's fuel economy, downplaying objections that a recent small-claims judgment suggested the deal was too small.

The settlement supercedes a previously proposed deal in federal court over the allegations. A California federal judge rejected that agreement in February 2010, after 26 attorneys general and other objectors argued it was not good for consumers.

Honda advertised that its Civic Hybrid vehicle would...
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