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A judge threw out a palimony suit filed against celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr. by a woman he had a relationship with for 20 years, ruling she waited too long to bring it.

Patricia Ann Cochran's right to sue Cochran, who is best known for defending O.J. Simpson, expired in 1987, a year after the relationship ended, the judge said.

The lawsuit sought financial support as well as $1 million in punitive damages.

She contends the attorney is the mother of her son and that she took his last name to hide the fact they weren't married. Cochran does not deny the relationship and has said he paid for education and other support for the child after he married another woman.

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