The past decade has seen dramatic developments in the law of products liability. There has been liberalization of the exclusive control requirement of res ipsa Ioquitur, Iegislative and judicial relaxation of the privity requirement, and creation of a new theory of recovery - strict liability in tort. Consequently, many jurisdictions now offer three theories of recovery to persons injured through use of a defective product: negligence, breach of warranty, and strict liability in tort. Although the recent products liability developments have been extensively treated both by courts and by commentators, numerous problems remain. One of the most pressing problems is the availability of defenses based on the conduct of the plaintiff.
David G. Epstein, Products Liability: Defenses Based on Plaintiff's Conduct, 1968 Utah L. Rev. 267 (1968).