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Zimmer Kunz News July 12, 2019

ZK News – Two ZK Associates Win ACBA Council Elections

Congratulations to Emily Kinkead and Mallory Gold on being elected to Allegheny County Bar Association Council positions.  Emily will serve on the Young Lawyer Division Council and was also appointed to the Women in the Law Division Committee for Advancing Professionalism and Ending Bias Education Subcommittee.  Mallory will serve on the Women in the Law […]

Zimmer Kunz News July 2, 2019

ZK News – Zimmer Kunz Joins the Brewers of Pennsylvania

Zimmer Kunz is proud to announce its new membership with the Brewers of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania legislation in recent years has helped cultivate a large number of breweries and microbreweries in our region. Zimmer Kunz’s brewery and liquor law practice handles a wide variety of legal matters, including litigation for social host liability, premises liability, inadequate […]

Zimmer Kunz News June 27, 2019

ZK News – ZK Attorney Ryan Zeli Presents Seminar on Case Assessment and Evaluation

On June 26, 2019, Zimmer Kunz attorney Ryan Zeli presented a seminar for TransGlobal Adjusting Corporation regarding case assessment and evaluation. The presentation focused on early identification of critical facts and legal issues related to variety of different claims, and the ultimate impact early identification of the critical issues will play in the eventual resolution […]

Zimmer Kunz Results May 28, 2019

ZK Result – Attorney Aaron Weiss Obtains Defense Win in Auto Accident Jury Trial

(Pittsburgh, PA) (May 2019). After a civil jury trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Zimmer Kunz attorney Aaron Weiss obtained a defense verdict for the insured involved in an automobile accident. The defense challenged both liability for the accident and Plaintiff’s alleged damages. The jury returned a verdict in favor […]

Zimmer Kunz News May 20, 2019

ZK News – 4 ZK Attorneys Named Best Lawyers® and 3 ZK Attorneys Named 2019 Super Lawyers®

Zimmer Kunz is pleased to announce that 4 of our attorneys have been named 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® and 3 were named 2019 Super Lawyers®. Best Lawyers® Dara DeCourcy – Insurance Law and Insurance Litigation Joni Mangino – Mass Tort Litigation Joseph Selep – Personal Injury Litigation – Defendant and Professional Malpractice Litigation […]

Zimmer Kunz Results May 15, 2019

ZK Result – Attorney Aaron Weiss Obtains Summary Judgment for Lack of Notice in Slip and Fall Case

(Mercer County, PA) (April 2019). In April of 2019 Zimmer Kunz attorney Aaron Weiss obtained Summary Judgment in favor of the defendant hotel before Judge St. John of Mercer County. Plaintiff, a hotel guest, filed suit against the hotel for Negligence arising out of a slip and fall in April of 2016. During discovery, Plaintiff […]

Zimmer Kunz Results May 2, 2019

ZK Results – Attorneys Chris Yoskosky and Aaron Weiss Obtain Opinion and Order from Judge Smail (Westmoreland County) Granting Defendant Social Media Log-In Information for Personal Injury Plaintiff

(Westmoreland County, PA) (April 2019). In April of 2019 Zimmer Kunz attorneys Chris Yoskosky and Aaron Weiss obtained an Opinion and Order from Judge Smail, of Westmoreland County, granting their Motion to Compel Plaintiff’s Facebook log-in information. There are no appellate decisions on this issue, and this was the first opinion from Westmoreland County on […]

Zimmer Kunz Results April 10, 2019

ZK Results – Attorney John W. Zotter Obtains Dismissal of Lawsuit Following Entry of Multiple Discovery Orders

In a lawsuit arising out of an alleged slip and fall in the parking lot of a drug store, the Plaintiff claimed that she fractured her left wrist as a result of falling on accumulated snow and ice.  At her deposition, the Plaintiff denied that she was employed subsequent to the accident.  However, it was […]

Zimmer Kunz Results April 8, 2019

ZK Results – Attorney John W. Zotter Successfully Raises Statutory Employer Defense

In a lawsuit arising out of an industrial accident, the Plaintiff sought damages for the partial amputation of his left foot resulting from an accident wherein a counterweight pipe that was being hoisted by a crane broke and fell onto his foot.  The Plaintiff’s medical bills and lost wages totaled approximately $400,000.  At the time […]

Zimmer Kunz Results April 3, 2019

ZK Result – Attorneys Chris Yoskosky and Aaron Weiss Obtain Dismissal in Alleged Fraternity Assault Cases

(Adams County, PA) (January 2019). Zimmer Kunz attorneys Chris Yoskosky and Aaron Weiss obtained a dismissal of a national fraternity after it was sued, among other defendants, for an alleged assault by one fraternity member against another at a Spring Social. Plaintiff filed suit against the individual fraternity member, the local chapter, the national fraternity, […]

Zimmer Kunz Results March 14, 2019

ZK Results – Attorney Sharon Hall Granted Summary Judgment

Attorney Sharon Hall was granted summary judgment on behalf of her insurance client in a breach of contract/bad faith action in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.  In a 37 page opinion dismissing the matter, the Court ruled that the additional insured had failed to provide timely notice to the […]

Pennsylvania Updates January 23, 2019

Case Bulletin – Pennsylvania Supreme Court Publishes Opinion Regarding Discovery Rule and Statute of Limitations

On October 17, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court published an opinion that requires determinations regarding the applicability of the discovery rule to toll a statute of limitations to be put to a jury.  In Nicolaou v. Martin, et al., No. 44 MAP 2017, 2018 WL 5019804 (Pa. October 17, 2018), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held […]

Zimmer Kunz Results January 17, 2019

ZK Result: Attorneys Aaron Weiss and Jeffrey Ramaley Obtain Summary Judgment in Underinsured Motorist Claim

(Indiana County, PA) (October 2018). Zimmer Kunz attorneys Aaron Weiss and Jeffrey Ramaley obtained Summary Judgment for their client – an automobile insurance carrier – arising out of an underinsured motorist (“UIM”) claim. Plaintiff was involved in an automobile accident with a third party. Plaintiff then alleged that he required shoulder surgery as a result […]

Pennsylvania Updates January 17, 2019

Case Bulletin – The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Examines Definition of “Occurrence” Contained in Homeowners Policy for Actions Constituting Criminal Assault

In September of 2018, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania addressed the issue of whether an insurer’s actions constituting criminal assault could be considered an “occurrence” under a homeowner’s insurance policy affording coverage and indemnity. The declaratory judgment action in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania stemmed from an underlying civil […]

Zimmer Kunz Results December 18, 2018

ZK Results – Attorney John W. Zotter Successfully Raises Pennsylvania’s “Hills and Ridges” Doctrine as a Defense

In a lawsuit arising out of an alleged slip and fall in the parking lot of a shopping plaza, Plaintiff alleged that she slipped and fell on ice that had accumulated in the parking lot, and that there had been a significant accumulation of snow and ice over the 24 hours prior to the incident.  […]

Zimmer Kunz Results December 18, 2018

ZK Results – Attorney John W. Zotter Obtains Dismissal of Client in Lawsuit Seeking $2,800,000 in Damages

In a lawsuit arising out of the delay in the construction of an upscale residential development in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the Developer Plaintiff claimed lost profits of $2,800,000.  In making a Section 1983 substantive-due-process claim, Plaintiff claimed that the Defendant Sewage Authority impaired Plaintiff’s constitutional rights to develop its property by obstructing access to municipal […]

Pennsylvania Updates December 14, 2018

Case Bulletin – Pennsylvania’s Superior Court Rejects Tolling Claims in Latent Disease Cases

On November 16, 2018, Pennsylvania’s Superior Court addressed whether claims of latent disease against an employer were tolled until the seminal Tooey ruling was issued in 2013.  Moeller v. Armstrong World Indus., Inc., 361 MDA 2018, (Pa. Super. 2018); Riley v. Armstrong World Indus., Inc., 122 MDA 2018 (Pa. Super. 2018), Michael Moeller was employed […]

Zimmer Kunz Results November 30, 2018

ZK Result – Attorneys Aaron Weiss and Jeffrey Ramaley Obtain Summary Judgment in Underinsured Motorist Claim

(Indiana County, PA) (October 2018). Zimmer Kunz attorneys Aaron Weiss and Jeffrey Ramaley obtained Summary Judgment for their client – an automobile insurance carrier – arising out of an underinsured motorist (“UIM”) claim. Plaintiff was involved in an automobile accident with a third party. Plaintiff then alleged that he required shoulder surgery as a result […]

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 […]

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