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What if the manufacturer had been able to prove that, on average, only one bottle in a million was defective? 4 ‘It is submitted that a suitable criterion is to be found in the concept of risk and that a satisfactory body of legal rules could quite rapidly be developed by the courts if in every case they were to pose the question “Whose risk was it that this damage might occur?” in place of the present “Whose fault was it that this damage did occur?”. It is essential, however, that the traditional refusal of the courts to consider the factor of insurance be reversed. It is perhaps this refusal of the courts to face up to the facts of contemporary life which has led them to overlook loss distribution as it already exists and to insist on fault as the criterion of liability as if every defendant had to find the damages from his own pocket (Jolowicz,
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