The court nevertheless sustained Ford's objections to the questions, presumably on the basis that the prejudicial effect of the evidence outweighed its probative value, but denied the mistrial motions. We have concluded: (1) The rationale of Klopstock v. Superior Court, 17 Cal.2d 13, 108 P.2d 906, cited in support of the first theory is inapplicable; (2) the California rule on punitive damages in wrongful death actions did not arise out of statutory misinterpretation; and (3) denying heirs the right to seek punitive damages in a wrongful death action where such right survived the decedent and could have been asserted by the personal representative of the decedent's estate under Probate Code section 573 does not offend the equal protection clauses of the state and federal Constitutions. Shortly after this lane change, the Pinto suddenly stalled and coasted to a halt in the middle lane. Relevant evidence means evidence "having any tendency in reason to prove or disprove any disputed fact that is of consequence to the determination of the action." [119 Cal.App.3d 808] Ford argues that "malice" as used in section 3294 and as interpreted by our Supreme Court in Davis v. Hearst, 160 Cal. Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company (119 Cal.App.3d 757) was a California case about the safety of the Ford Pinto car, manufactured by Ford Motor Company with knowledge of design flaws that could lead to serious injury. He lost portions of several fingers on his left [119 Cal.App.3d 774] hand and portions of his left ear, while his face required many skin grafts from various portions of his body. If any other rule were to obtain, the party would in most cases be careful to be silent as to his objections until it would be too late to obviate them, and the result would be that few judgments would stand the test of an appeal.' Subject to amplification when we deal with specific issues, we shall set out the basic facts pertinent to these appeals in accordance with established principles of appellate review: We will view the evidence in the light most favorable to the parties prevailing below, resolving all conflicts in their favor, and indulging all reasonable inferences favorable to them. The overview of the history of Ford Motor Company started when Henry Ford was one of eight children of William and Mary Ford. of Cal., 21 Cal.3d 869, 876, 148 Cal.Rptr. 711, 521 P.2d 1103; Donnelly v. Southern Pacific Co., 18 Cal.2d 863, 869-870, 118 P.2d 465; Nolin v. National Convenience Stores, Inc., 95 Cal.App.3d 279, 285-286, 157 Cal.Rptr. Grimshaw and the heirs of Mrs. Gray (Grays) sued Ford Motor Company and others. Ford urges that a report (Exhibit No. John G. Warner III " (Barker v. Lull Engineering Co., supra, 20 Cal.3d 413, 430, 143 Cal.Rptr. In Foglio, we held that an instruction permitting the jury in a strict products liability case to consider industry custom or practice in determining whether a design defect existed constituted error. 60, 284 N.E.2d 222, 229, that the right to recover for wrongful death is of common law origin. This means you can view content but cannot create content. 319, this court noted that "since 1974 at the latest, and probably since a much earlier date, the term 'malice' as used in Civil Code section 3294 has been interpreted as including a conscious disregard of the probability that the actor's conduct will result in injury to others." supra, pp. 888.) (E. g., Valente v. Sierra Railway Co., 158 Cal. 237. 1277, 1279-1287; Mallor & Roberts, supra, pp. (622 F.2d at p. Finally, Ford maintains that even if punitive damages were appropriate in this case, the amount of the award was so excessive as to require a new trial or further remittitur of the award. The trial court, however, was in the best position to evaluate the effect of the misconduct. (Bertero v. National General Corp., supra, 13 Cal.3d 43, 65, fn. Plaintiffs' response made it clear to defendant that the experts listed were those then known to plaintiffs, that plaintiffs were continuing a nationwide investigation and that other experts might be discovered. (Larcher v. Wanless, 18 Cal.3d 646, 656-657, 135 Cal.Rptr. 1271, 63 L.Ed.2d 597.) Co., 10 Cal.App.3d 376, 404-405, 89 Cal.Rptr. Rptr. Although I agree with the ultimate disposition of each issue, I am unable to subscribe en toto to those portions of the opinion relating to Copp's testimony concerning the reasons for his termination by Ford, the alleged violations of the order in limine, and the design defect instructions. (Moore v. Belt, 34 Cal.2d 525, 532, 212 P.2d 509; Salmon v. Rathjens, 152 Cal. However, there was other documentation which illustrated the fact that cost considerations caused Ford to delay incorporating safety features in the fuel tank system of its cars despite the knowledge that there was a need for such improvements. 760, 478 P.2d 480; Nanny v. Ruby Lighting Corp., 108 Cal.App.2d 856, 859, 239 P.2d 885. (Egan v. Mutual of Omaha Ins. den. The instructions on malice manifestly referred to conduct constituting conscious and callous disregard of a substantial likelihood of injury to others and not to innocent conduct by the manufacturer. Co., supra, 21 Cal.3d 910, 922, 148 Cal.Rptr. In addition, the court felt that the admission of the evidence would confuse the jury and would result in undue consumption of time. 348) for support on the support on theconstitutional issue involved here because that decision decision is highly critical of the cases relied upon in the lead opinion, in particular, Georgie Boy and In re Paris Air Crash. 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