A Pennsylvania state judge Thursday tossed an ex-Westinghouse Electric Co. licensee's CEO’s suit claiming that the company, with the aid of a Reed Smith LLP attorney, had surreptitiously changed terms in a retirement agreement to reduce his proceeds from the sale of his interest in the business.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Patricia McInerney ruled that plaintiff Stanley Angelo Jr. had failed to properly join family member John Angelo to an amended complaint. The suit accuses Reed Smith partner Joseph Sedlack and Texas-based attorney Howard Anderson of amending an agreement between the three shareholders of Westinghouse Lighting Corp. — all members of the Angelo family — in 2013 to require that all loans fronted by the company and related business entities be paid back immediately upon the sale of a retiring owner’s interests.

The Westinghouse defendants are represented by Terence Grugan and Stephen Kastenberg of Ballard Spahr LLP.