Orders from a middle Georgia judge throwing out an expert witness and the asbestos suit his testimony was going to support have defense attorneys celebrating and plaintiffs lawyers bearing down for an appellate battle.

At issue is a June 29 decision by Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge John Lee Parrott. He barred the testimony of John Maddox, a pathologist who claims that asbestos caused the lung disease that killed the plaintiff’s husband.

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