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Settlement Update: Posted April 11, 2014

In accordance with the Settlement Agreement and Court's order, the claim filing deadline has passed.  The Settlement Administrator will not process claims postmarked after April 19, 2013, the deadline for claim submission, although class members who made timely claims that are deficient will be given an opportunity to cure those claims.  All timely claims are being processed for benefit distributions at this time.  Please be patient, as the validation of varying benefits is an intensive process.  This section will be updated intermittently as updates to the distribution schedule become available.

$100 Cash Payment(s) - Checks for all valid claims processed as of April 1, 2013 have been distributed as of April 30, 2013.  The final distribution of these checks occurred August 26, 2013.

Rebate Certificates - E-Certificates were distributed in early February 2013, and again in late March 2013, for all valid claims previously submitted.  Telephonic requests for hardcopies are being accommodated on a monthly basis.  Hardcopies were be provided for all post-March 2013 new valid claims, as well as all previous claims initially deficient but subsequently rectified.  Transferee recipients are being mailed hardcopies of their transferred Rebate Certificates on a monthly basis.  The next distribution of Rebate Certificates is scheduled for April 17, 2014.

Rebate Redemptions - Submissions of Rebate Certificates with appropriate supporting documentation are currently being reviewed and processed.  The first distribution of these checks occurred May 30, 2013.  Subsequent distributions are anticipated approximately every 4-6 weeks.  The recentmost distribution occurred April 8, 2014.  The next distribution is tentatively scheduled for mid-May, 2014.

IMA Reimbursement - Submissions for IMA Reimbursement with appropriate supporting documentation as of March have been reviewed and processed.  The first distribution of these checks occurred on May 24, 2013.  The final distribution of these checks occurred September 18, 2013.

Fuel Economy DVD - On April 1, 2013, Fuel Economy DVDs were mailed for all valid claims.  A second and final distribution of these DVDs occurred August 1, 2013.

Dispute Resolution Program (ADR) - The final notification letters acknowledging receipt of ADR election were mailed on July 18, 2013.  All valid claims electing ADR have now been mailed notification letters. 

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Settlement Update: Posted January 29, 2013

On March 16, 2012, the Hon. Timothy Taylor of the San Diego Superior Court entered a 43-page order reviewing the written submissions and oral presentations made by the parties and various objectors, and granted final approval of the class action settlement in Lockabey v. American Honda.  A copy of the Court’s order can be viewed and downloaded from the Court Documents link.

An appeal of the settlement was filed but subsequently was voluntarily dismissed.  On October 19, 2012 the settlement became effective, making October 19, 2012 the "Effective Date".  In other words, the claims period began on October 19, 2012, and the Settlement Administrator is now processing the thousands of claim forms already on file. Under the terms of the settlement, in order to be timely, Claim Forms and supporting materials submitted to the Settlement Administrator must be postmarked no later than April 19, 2013 (6 months from the Effective Date).

The proposed settlement described on this website supersedes the prior proposed settlement in John True, et al. v. American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Case No. 5:07-cv-287-VAP-OP (C.D. Cal.), which was described in a notice mailed in October 2009.  Please disregard the prior notice.

Reviewed and validated claims with Cash Payment elections of $100 or $200 are being mailed starting on or about January 31, 2013 via check and will be completed by the middle of February.

Please note that settlement class members who elected additional benefits such as rebate certificates, a fuel economy DVD, and/or reimbursement will continue to have thier claims processed on an ongoing basis.  Please carefuly review any communications received from the Settlement Administrator and make sure to properly submit all required documentation and information.

 

Welcome to the Honda Civic Hybrid (“HCH”) settlement website. This website provides information regarding a proposed Settlement of several lawsuits concerning Honda Civic Hybrid model year 2003 through 2009 vehicles, including the True lawsuit reference above.  If you purchased or leased a Honda Civic Hybrid model year 2003 through 2009, you are a member of the Settlement Class and you may be entitled to a cash payment and other benefits.

This proposed settlement was preliminarily approved by the Court.  If the Court approves the proposed settlement at the Final Approval Hearing currently scheduled for March 16, 2012 and the settlement becomes Final, American Honda Motor Co. (“AHM”) will provide cash payments and other benefits to the Settlement Class.  Settlement Class Members must timely complete and submit Claim Forms to receive certain of these benefits (including cash payments).  Claim Forms will not be processed until after the settlement becomes Final, and no benefits will issue to the Settlement Class until the settlement becomes Final.  Claim Forms may be submitted up until 6 months after the settlment becomes Final.  The exact due date for Claims Forms will be posted on this website after the settlement becomes Final. 

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT 

  • Remain in the Settlement Class and claim benefits:  Settlement Class Members must complete and submit a Claim Form to receive the monetary benefits under the settlement. Other settlement benefits, such as warranty extensions for those who are eligible, do not require you to do anything. 
  • Opt-Out of the Settlement Class: If you validly and timely request exclusion from the Settlement Class, you will not be bound by the Final Order and Judgment entered in this Lawsuit. Excluding yourself means you cannot receive any of the settlement benefits or comment upon the settlement, but you will be able to file a lawsuit on your own behalf. To Opt-Out of the Settlment Class, you must follow the procedures outlined in the Notice. 
  • Object to or comment upon the settlement: If you wish to object to or comment on any part of this settlement, you must file your objection with the Court and serve it on counsel by February 11, 2012.  To object to the settlement, you must follow the procedures outlined in the Notice.
  • Attend the Final Approval Hearing:   At the Final Approval Hearing, the Court will consider whether to grant final approval to the settlement.  The Court will also consider Class Counsel's motion for attorneys' fees and Plaintiffs' incentive awards.  The attorneys' fees awarded to Class Counsel will be paid directly by AHM and will not reduce the benefits available to the Settlement Class Members.  Attendance at the Final Approval Hearing is not mandatory or necessary.  Any member of the Settlement Class may attend the hearing, however, if he or she wishes to do so.  Settlement Class Members who wish to be heard at the Final Approval Hearing must follow the procedures outlined in the Notice.

These rights and options – and the deadlines to exercise them – are explained in the Notice. While the settlement has been preliminarily approved by the Court in charge of this case, the Court still has to decide whether to grant final approval to the settlement at the Final Approval Hearing currently scheduled for March 16, 2012.  No benefits will issue unless and until the settlement becomes Final.  Please be patient because this process will take time.  Please check this websites regularly for updates.

Disclaimer

Please do not contact either AHM or the Court with questions about this settlement. Any and all callers will be directed to this website. If you have questions, please refer to the FAQs and the other information posted here or contact the Settlement Administrator by calling 1-877-465-4797 or writing to Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 2566, Faribault, MN 55021-9566.

This site is no longer operated by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. This class action settlement is supervised by the Court and is administered by an administration firm that handles all aspects of claims processing. AHM is not authorized to respond to questions from members of the Settlement Class regarding the Settlement.

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