The Truth About Cars » hch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars » hch http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Honda Victrix: The Appeals Court Drains Heather Peters’ Batteries http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/honda-victrix-the-appeals-court-drains-heather-peters-batteries/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/honda-victrix-the-appeals-court-drains-heather-peters-batteries/#comments Wed, 09 May 2012 20:01:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=443632

Class Counsel are correct in asserting that Peters’ demand for access to the fruits of discovery as actually a thinly disguised effort to use the discovered material to assist Peters in ‘begin[ning] a cottage industry of representing consumers or selling her $15 CD to them’.

Whoa, that’s a convoluted sentence, courtesy of the judge who mediated the settlement in the Honda Civic Hybrid class-action case. However, it more or less reflects the sentiments of the appeals court which just ruled Honda’s appeal of the $9,867 small-claims settlement granted to attorney and Civic owner Heather Peters. What does it mean? Click the jump for a helpful graphic.

And here it is, although it might take a moment to load:

That’s right. Ms. Peters is, as they say in the courtroom of the street, “ass out”. Jacob Brown’s coverage of the trial verges dangerously close to actual journalism and will thoroughly reward any time you take to read it.

For the tl;dr crowd, Peters is the guy shooting the basketball and the appeals court is Gumby. They reversed the small-claims decision and sent a strong message to anyone else thinking about suing Honda over HCH mileage. Face it: if you can’t win kooky lawsuits in California (not that this lawsuit is kooky, don’t sue us, okay?) you can’t win them anywhere.

KING HENRY V

I tell thee truly, herald,
I know not if the day be ours or no;
For yet a many of your horsemen peer
And gallop o’er the field.

MONTJOY

The day is yours.

KING HENRY V

Praised be God, and not our strength, for it!
What is this castle call’d that stands hard by?

MONTJOY

They call it Agincourt.

KING HENRY V

Then call we this the field of Agincourt,
Fought on the day of Crispin Crispianus.

Agincourt it is, Ms. Peters.

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Honda Hybrid Lawsuit May Not Be Able To Run On Battery Alone, So To Speak http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/honda-hybrid-lawsuit-may-not-be-able-to-run-on-battery-alone-so-to-speak/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/honda-hybrid-lawsuit-may-not-be-able-to-run-on-battery-alone-so-to-speak/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:10:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=441217

Remember Heather Peters, the attorney who is suing Honda? Well, if a recent article by Automotive.com’s Jacob Brown is any guide, her lawsuit might be the equivalent of Honda’s IMA hybrid system: unpopular, mostly ignored, and unable to operate without serious help from outside forces.

Brown reports:

The Friday hearing debated damages, the purportedly diminished resale value of Peters’ Civic, and the fuel economy numbers a car like hers could achieve. Peters has said that she is averaging 29 mpg in a car rated almost twice that. But it came up Peters wouldn’t let her local Honda dealership test her car for fuel economy because Honda said it didn’t want her to post footage of it on her site before the appeals court date.

In the hearing, Peters claimed the Honda’s battery in its Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system would not hold a charge, dropping her fuel economy well below its factory-rated 50 mpg. Technical expert Neil Schmidt countered in testimony that, according to records from her Honda dealership, Peters’ car had never had service problems and that her tires showed excessive wear on their outside shoulders, a sign of aggressive driving. Peters said she was not a lead-foot driver, but Honda attorney Roy Brisbois introduced the fact that her last four cars were two BMW Z3 roadsters, a BMW X5, and a Mazda RX-8—none of which are exactly vehicles for the unsporting driver.

Mr. Brown appears virtually alone among the automotive media in his willingness to genchi-genbutsu. Ironically, that’s a Honda catchphrase, meaning “go to the actual spot, see the actual situation”. We will keep you posted on his coverage as it appears.

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