The Effect of Plaintiff's Conduct in Strict Products Liability in Texas: A Time for Reevaluation

dc.contributor.authorEdgar, J. Hadley
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-26T20:13:05Z
dc.date.available2011-09-26T20:13:05Z
dc.date.issued1980
dc.description.abstractThis article urges the Texas judiciary to reexamine and modify the existing law in the area of strict products liability. In Henderson v. Ford Motor Company, the Texas Supreme Court held that the aspect of plaintiff’s conduct known as voluntary assumption of risk is a complete bar to recovery and the facet known as contributory negligence is no defense at all in strict product liability cases. Professor Edgar points out that the leitmotif of the law of unintentional torts is to reduce accidents, thereby decreasing both physical and economic waste. Edgar argues that the best way to accomplish this goal is to abandon the “all or nothing” approach of Henderson, and permit the jury to consider the negligence of the manufacturer, producer, or designer, along with the contributory negligence of the plaintiff on the basis of a pure comparative fault system. Edgar concludes by noting that the judiciary, rather than the legislature, can best provide the appropriate modifications to the law of strict products liability.
dc.identifier.citation43 Tex. B.J. 1103en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10601/1568
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherTexas Bar Journal
dc.relation.urihttp://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Page?handle=hein.barjournals/texbarj0043&id=1105&collection=barjournals&index=barjournals/texbarj
dc.subjectProducts liabilityen_US
dc.subjectContributory negligenceen_US
dc.subjectComparative fault
dc.subjectUnintentional tort
dc.subjectPure comparative fault
dc.subjectComparative causation
dc.subjectReform
dc.titleThe Effect of Plaintiff's Conduct in Strict Products Liability in Texas: A Time for Reevaluationen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US

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