More than four years after Arkansas attorney Jay Kutchka began investigating whether odometers on Honda vehicles inflated the number of miles actually driven, a federal judge in Texas has preliminarily approved a settlement agreement that could benefit up to 6 million consumers and earn the lawyers for the class up to $9.5 million in fees.

On Nov. 7, U.S. District Judge John Ward of Marshall, Texas, gave preliminary approval to an agreement that settles two consolidated class actions against American Honda Motor Co. Inc., Honda Motor Co., the Nippon Seiki Co. and New Sabina Industries Inc. The latter two designed the odometers in the Honda vehicles that are the subject of the suit.

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