Richard Cupp, a Pepperdine University professor who had predicted Peters' victory, said others will likely be inspired to follow her example.
"I remember her saying at the beginning that she wanted to start a small claims flash mob," he said. "And I think that's what she did."
A judge in San Diego County is due to rule in March on whether to approve Honda's class-action settlement. Members of the class have until Feb. 11 to accept or decline the deal.
Late Thursday evening, Honda issued a lengthy statement insisting that the Honda Civic Hybrid has the capability to achieve 50 miles per gallon or more "in real world driving conditions."
The statement by Honda spokesman Chris Martin also attached numerous letters of commendation from satisfied Honda customers.
"American Honda believes that the judgment in this case is a radical and unprecedented departure from California and federal law... we intend to vigorously appeal this decision."
Honda defended the claims made in their advertising, which they say was accurate when the vehicles were sold and remains accurate today.
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