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Calif. may intervene in Honda hybrid settlement

California considers objection to settlement of Honda hybrid class-action settlement By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) ' California's Department of Justice is considering whether to object to a proposed class-action settlement between Honda and car owners over inflated fuel-efficiency claims on the automaker's hybrid vehicles.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Timothy Taylor on Tuesday gave the attorney general until Feb. 29 to declare any opposition to the settlement.

Deputy Attorney General Albert Shelden tells reporters that the state is undecided on whether to enter the fray.

California's sudden interest in the case comes shortly after Honda owner Heather Peters won a nearly $10,000 judgment against Honda in Los Angeles small-claims court. In contrast, the class-action settlement would give each owner only $100 to $200.

Peters attended the San Diego court session but the judge did not allow her to speak.

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