Photoshop/Lightroom: Edits to Linked Smart object in Lightroom zero out settings until Linked SO is opened in Camera Raw

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I have found some weird behavior of Linked Smart Objects in Photoshop CC 2018:

When I change some settings and save them in Lightroom, Linked Smart Object (LSO) in Photoshop updates with default "zero" settings (in other words as if I reset all settings). If I double click LSO then in Adobe Camera RAW window I see all settings as they should be and after closing ACR window LSO updates with proper settings. If I continue to adjust image in Lightroom after that and save new settings again, then most of the time (if file is still opened in Photoshop) it updates properly. I keep "Auto update opened document" option turned on, Photoshop 19.1.1, Adobe Camera RAW, Lightroom Classic 7.2, Mac OS 10.11.6

Before that everything worked fine (I've created PS droplet with only one command "Update All modified content" and was able to update PS files without switching to Photoshop just by using "Edit In..." -> "My Droplet's name" and it worked as expected. Now it still work, but I get images with default settings instead of saved settings.

It's not just annoying issue for me, it potentially may create troubles because I'm working with big batches and may not notice sometimes that my image was updated with wrong settings and all my retouching layers over LSO are mismatching the background.

Any ideas how to solve that issue?

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Photoshop: How do I get a Smart Objects ACR edits back to Lightroom?.
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I'm not seeing that behavior. If I make edits in Lightroom and save the metadata to file, the linked smart object updates in Photoshop (I have the file currently open in Photoshop) and it reflects the changes I made in Lightroom.

I might be doing things differently than you. It might help if we could see a screen recording of all your steps.