Ohio High Court Rules Sellers Only Liable Post-1977

Law360, New York (October 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Ohio's highest court upheld a grant of summary judgment against an asbestos plaintiff Wednesday and ruled that its 1977 decision holding nonmanufacturing sellers of defective products to strict liability should only apply prospectively.

The Supreme Court of Ohio maintained that the three-pronged test put forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1971 in Chevron Oil Co. v. Huson did apply to deciding if Ohio state opinions should hold prospectively or retrospectively, but overturned the state appeals court's finding that the current case did not meet that...
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