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Zimmer Kunz News October 17, 2018

ZK News – Attorney Sharon Hall Featured Speaker at American National Insurance Claims Conference

On September 28, 2018, Sharon Hall was a featured speaker at the American National Insurance annual claims conference in Springfield, Missouri.  The presentation “Cause of Death. When Intentional Act Exclusions Make it Necessary to Solve the Crime” involved the effect of the intentional act exclusion when defending an insured accused of a crime.  Ms. Hall […]

Zimmer Kunz News October 16, 2018

ZK News – ZK Attorneys Present Seminar on Secondary Exposure to Asbestos Cases

On August 2, 2018, Zimmer Kunz attorneys Joni Mangino, Ryan Zeli, Joe Petrina, Greg Scheuring and Brian Lucot presented a seminar to Travelers Insurance Company regarding second hand exposure liability in asbestos litigation. In the presentation, the underlying theories of liability along with the current state of the law in jurisdictions throughout the United States […]

West Virginia Updates October 16, 2018

Case Bulletin – West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeal Narrows Definition of Civil Conspiracy

In May of 2018, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals authored an opinion that narrowed the definition of civil conspiracy in West Virginia case law. In Ellis v. Herndon, the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals held that a plaintiff cannot hold a defendant liable for civil conspiracy if the plaintiff willingly took part […]

Pennsylvania Updates October 16, 2018

Case Bulletin – Third Circuit Permits Insurer’s Contribution Claim Against Liquor Licensee

On August 22, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reinstated an insurer’s contribution claim against a liquor licensee for allegedly overserving alcohol to its insured driver. Encompass Insurance Co. v. Stone Mansion Restaurant Inc., No. 17-1479 (argued October 12, 2017). In March 2011, Brian Viviani and Helen Hoey attended a […]

Industry News October 16, 2018

Case Bulletin – Superior Court offers another Opinion Regarding the New Products Liability under Tincher

On Monday, August 20, 2018, the Superior Court authored its most recent opinion providing further insight into the application of the new products liability standard from Tincher v. Omega Flex, 104 A.3d 328, 399 (Pa. 2014). The Superior Court considered an appeal from the grant of a defendant’s summary judgment on the theory of defective […]

Zimmer Kunz Results August 29, 2018

ZK Results – Attorneys George Stewart and Kerri Shimborske-Abel Obtain Summary Judgment (August, 2018, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania)

Attorneys George Stewart and Kerri Shimborske-Abel obtained the dismissal of their clients from a serious personal injury suit where the plaintiff suffered a significant traumatic injury to his lower leg in a motorcycle-motor vehicle accident.  Plaintiff claimed that as he approached an intersection, that a co-defendant suddenly and without warning entered onto the highway directly […]

Zimmer Kunz News August 28, 2018

ZK News – World Squash Masters

In follow up to his March, 2018 participation in the US Squash Masters tournament held  in Philadelphia, George Stewart competed in the 2018 WSF World Masters Squash Championships  in the 60 plus age bracket. This event, hosted by the United States for the first time, ran  from July 29 – August 4, 2018  at the […]

Uncategorized July 23, 2018

Case Bulletin – Pennsylvania Superior Court Upholds Enforceability of an “Unlisted Resident Driver Exclusion”

In the September 2017 decision of Safe Auto Insurance Company v. Oriental-Guillermo, et al., the Superior Court of Pennsylvania upheld a trial court’s granting of a Motion for Summary Judgment finding that an automobile insurance carrier was not obligated to provide insurance coverage to a non-relative resident when the policyholder did not list her as […]

Pennsylvania Updates July 19, 2018

Case Bulletin – PA Superior Court Holds Foreign Corporations who Register to do Business in Pennsylvania can be Subject to General Personal Jurisdiction

The United States Supreme Court has recently authored a number of cases restricting situations in which courts can exercise general personal jurisdiction over an out of state defendant. See e.g. BNSF Ry. Co. v. Tyrrell, 137 S.Ct. 1549, 1558 (2017); Daimler AG v. Bauman, 571 U.S. 117, 137 (2014). However, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued […]

Zimmer Kunz Results July 18, 2018

ZK Results – Jury Trial Defense Verdict for Attorney John W. Zotter

On July 18, 2018, a Westmoreland County jury returned a defense verdict in favor of a Zimmer Kunz client represented by Shareholder, John W. Zotter.  The lawsuit arose out of an accident wherein the Plaintiff, a pedestrian, was struck by the front of the Defendant’s vehicle on South Maple Avenue in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.  Plaintiff sustained […]

Pennsylvania Updates June 11, 2018

Case Bulletin – Allegheny County Judge Colville Approves of Alternative Service via Facebook

The Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure regarding service of original process provide: (a)  Original process may be served (1)  by handing a copy to the defendant; or (2)  by handing a copy (i)   at the residence of the defendant to an adult member of the family with whom he resides; but if no adult member […]

Pennsylvania Updates May 22, 2018

Case Bulletin: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Rejects Employee’s Worker’s Compensation Claim Based on “Coming and Going” Rule

On May 17, 2018, the Commonwealth Court affirmed the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board’s dismissal of a claim filed by an electrical worker which arose after that worker was injured in a motor vehicle accident while driving to work.  Generally, the “coming and going” rule exempts employers from liability for injuries suffered by employees while commuting […]

Zimmer Kunz News May 21, 2018

ZK News – Four ZK Attorneys Named 2018 Super Lawyers

Zimmer Kunz, PLLC is pleased to announce that Dara DeCourcy, George Stewart, Joseph Selep and Joseph Butcher have again been selected as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®.  This is the 10th straight year that Mr. Stewart and Mr. Selep have been recognized as top defense civil litigation attorneys.  Ms. DeCourcy is again being recognized for her expertise […]

West Virginia Updates April 18, 2018

Case Bulletin – West Virginia Enacts Legislation Limiting Non-resident Lawsuits in West Virginia

On March 27, 2018, West Virginia Governor, Jim Justice, approved House Bill 4013.  Notably, this bill limits venue for civil actions to West Virginia residents or to non-residents where a substantial part of the acts/omissions giving rise to the claim(s) occurred in the state of West Virginia.  This bill is essentially the West Virginia legislature’s […]

Pennsylvania Updates April 17, 2018

Case Bulletin – PA Supreme Court allows Suit against Commonwealth for Negligent Installation and Design of a Guardrail

On February 21, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that when PennDOT installs a guardrail, “sovereign immunity is waived if the agency’s negligent installation and design creates a dangerous condition.” Cagey v. Commonwealth, ___ A.3d ___, 2018 WL 987783 (Pa. Feb. 21, 2018) (overruling Lambert v. Katz, 8 A.3d 409 (Pa. Commw. 2010); Stein v. […]

Pennsylvania Updates April 16, 2018

Case Bulletin – Superior Court Grants New Trial In Case in which Jury Charge Contained an Outdated Definition of “Defect”

On February 16, 2018, the Superior Court found that a Defendant manufacturer/supplier was entitled to a new trial following a denial of post-trial motions.  It held that because the Supreme Court’s decision in Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., 104 A.3d 328 (Pa. 2014) created a new definition of “defect” a jury charge containing an outdated […]

Zimmer Kunz News March 27, 2018

Congratulations Ed Dixon!

Zimmer Kunz would like to congratulate Edward Dixon on his retirement.  Ed’s hard work, loyalty and legal expertise have played a key role in making ZK what it is today. Ed started his career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Francis A. Barry of the Commonwealth Court in Pennsylvania.  He then accepted a position […]

Pennsylvania Updates March 7, 2018

Case Bulletin – DUI Legal & Practical Developments; What It Takes to Reach the Legal Limit

Along with DUI laws in states across the country, Pennsylvania DUI laws and associated penalties are changing.  A recent U. S. Supreme Court case, Birchfield v. North Dakota, decided on June 23, 2016, held that taking a blood sample or administering a breath test is a search governed by the Fourth Amendment.  In this context, […]

Ohio Updates February 28, 2018

Case Bulletin – The Supreme Court of Ohio Rejects “Cumulative-Exposure Theory” in Asbestos Litigation

On January 28, 2018, in Schwartz v. Honeywell International, Inc., 2018 WL 793606 (Ohio 2018), the Supreme Court of Ohio held:  (1) in cases where injuries are alleged from asbestos exposure, a plaintiff must show that exposure to a particular defendant’s product was a “substantial factor” in causing the injury under R.C. 2307.96, and a […]

Pennsylvania Updates February 28, 2018

Case Bulletin – Pennsylvania Supreme Court holds that statute of limitations for an uninsured motorist claim begins to run upon “an alleged breach of a contractual duty” by the insurer.

Erie Ins. Exch. v. Bristol., No. 124 MAP 2016 (Pa., Nov. 22, 2017). In July 2005, Michael Bristol was injured in a hit-and-run accident while working as a lineman for RCC, Inc.  RCC was insured though a policy issued by Erie Insurance that contained an Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage Endorsement.  That endorsement contained an arbitration clause. […]

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