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In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, Heather Peters, who says her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid never achieved the gas mileage Honda claimed in its advertising, and also did a computer upgrade that further diminished the mileage, pleas her case in Small Claims Court in Torrrance, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. On Feb. 1, 2012, it was announced that Peters had won her unusual lawsuit.

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Honda owner’s small claims victory resonates

Heather Peter’s computer crashed under the onslaught of messages following her unique victory over Honda in small claims court — a win the California woman is hoping will lead other consumers to reject a class action settlement over defective hybrid cars.

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