WHAT'S HAPPENING: A handful of recent cases suggest that consumers can win against big companies in small claims courts.
WHO'S WINNING: Matt Spaccarelli of Simi Valley, Calif. was awarded $850 last week after successfully suing AT&T for slowing down the data service on his iPhone.
Heather Peters of Los Angeles sued Honda and won $9,867 last month.
Henry Brown of New York sued AT&T Inc. in October. He won $1,587.50
THE OUTLOOK: Thanks to the Internet, these victors are connecting with other consumers in hopes of helping them replicate their successes. If the practice catches on, it could amount to a big bucks difference in payouts by these giant corporations.