The Ohio Supreme Court in a 5-2 ruling relating to asbestos said its 1977 decision extending liability for defective products from manufacturers to suppliers should not be applied to events that took place before the ruling. The decision came in a lawsuit brought by the widow of Joseph DiCenzo, a longtime Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Co. worker who developed asbestos-related health problems and died in 1993. In a separate ruling last week, the court rendered another decision widely described as a setback for asbestos-related claims.

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