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This was a wrongful death action. The decedent was a passenger in the right front seat of a 1978 Volkswagen Rabbit. The Rabbit was broadsided by a 1963 Dodge Station Wagon. The decedent was ejected from the vehicle as a result of an alleged defectively designed door latch. Plaintiffs were the decedent’s 33-year wife and four minor children.

Plaintiffs were represented by John H. Edwards, III, of the Law Offices of Edwards & Dunn, and William C. Powers. After a 5-week trial, a Los Angeles downtown jury returned a unanimous defense verdict