ZK Result: Attorney Chris Yoskosky Obtains Dismissal of Client on a Motion for Summary Judgment in High Profile Case That Later Results in $32,000,000 Verdict Against Remaining Defendants
Pittsburgh, PA (December 2015)
This lawsuit arose from a tragic motor vehicle accident in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in which a car occupied by a family of 4 was rear-ended by a truck owned by the original defendant masonry company and operated by its driver, who was also sued individually. The accident resulted in the death of a 6 year old son along with significant injuries to his 4 year old brother and to his Mother and Father.
At the time of the accident, the plaintiff vehicle was stopped in the middle lane of a major roadway because of mechanical problems. Prior to accident, the plaintiff vehicle had been serviced at a vehicle servicing center represented by Mr. Yoskosky. The service center is part of a large chain of centers across the United States. The original defendants joined Mr. Yoskosky’s client as an additional defendant to the lawsuit on the theory that it improperly serviced the plaintiffs’ vehicle before the accident, causing the mechanical problems which resulted in the vehicle being stopped in the roadway at the time of the accident.
Prior to trial, Attorney Yoskosky filed a Motion for Summary Judgment arguing in essence that the original defendants’ mechanical experts could not adequately connect the plaintiff vehicle’s mechanical problems to service work performed by his client, and that no conduct of his client could be considered the proximate cause of the accident. Very shortly before trial was to start, the court granted the Motion and entirely dismissed Attorney Yoskosky’s client from the case.
The case then went to trial against the masonry company and its driver, resulting in a verdict for the plaintiffs in the amount of $32,000,000. This is one of the largest verdicts in Allegheny County history.