Advocates of civil litigation reform are applauding an Ohio judge’s decision removing a plaintiff’s lawyer from an asbestos lawsuit over misrepresentations including exaggeration of the injuries that were claimed.

Judge Harry Hanna of the Cuyahoga Court of Common Pleas removed attorney Christopher Andreas of the California-based Brayton Purcell law firm from the case of Kananian, et al., vs. Lorillard Tobacco Company, saying one of the firm’s attorneys made false statements regarding a previous filing with the Johns-Manville Trust and other evidence in the case.

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