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Zimmer Kunz News May 24, 2023

ZK News – Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Star

Zimmer Kunz is pleased to announce that Dara DeCourcy, Joseph Selep, George Stewart, John Zotter and Joseph Butcher have been selected as 2023 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers©, and Aaron Weiss has been once again recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star. The Super Lawyer designation entails a peer review nomination process, supplemented by third party research to […]

Industry News May 17, 2023

Federal Law Update – Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect on June 27, 2023

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) will give workers the right to receive reasonable accommodations for limitations related to childbirth, pregnancy, or related medical conditions – unless the accommodation will cause the employer undue hardship.  Reasonable accommodations can include childbirth recovery, light duty, flexible hours, and remote work. This federal law ensures employees will not […]

Zimmer Kunz News April 5, 2023

ZK News: Attorney Aaron Weiss Speaking on Brewery Law at Upcoming Barrel & Flow Festival in Pittsburgh, PA

Attorney Aaron Weiss will be speaking about brewery law at the upcoming Barrel & Flow Festival on Friday, August 11, 2023. Aaron’s topic is titled “Brewery Law for Beginners” and will provide an overview of the legal guidance Zimmer Kunz provides to those clients hoping to open a new brewery (or other alcohol related establishment), […]

Zimmer Kunz News April 4, 2023

ZK News – Zimmer Kunz Supports Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Visionaries of the Year

Zimmer Kunz was once again a proud contributor to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Visionaries of the Year campaign.  Shareholder Chris Yoskosky serves as a Western Pennsylvania Leadership Team Member which helps support the visionaries each year.  Shareholder Joseph Butcher’s daughter, Avery Butcher, was a Visionary of the Year candidate.  She partnered with her friend, […]

Pennsylvania Updates March 8, 2023

PA Update – Superior Court Reverses Employer-Defendent Summary Judgment in Asbestos Case, Holding that Employers Owe a Heightened Duty of Care to their Employees

Shellenberger v. Krieder Farms, et al. (Pa. Super. 2023, No. 455 EDA 2022) The instant case relates to an asbestos related personal injury action filed by an employee against his employer.  Summary judgement was filed by the employer stating that there was no evidence that they breached any duty to employee as they had no […]

Pennsylvania Updates February 21, 2023

PA Update – Decision Regarding the Appeal of the University of Pittsburgh in Estate of William L. Herold v. University of Pittsburgh

On February 16, 2023, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued its decision on the appeal of the Allegheny County summary judgment ruling in Estate of William L. Herold v. University of Pittsburgh from May 17, 2021. The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County denied the University of Pittsburgh’s motion for summary judgment, which was […]

Industry News January 31, 2023

Regulatory Alert – FTC Proposes Federal Ban and Recission of Non-Compete Agreements

Proposed Federal Ban of Non-Compete Agreements On January 3, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a proposal named Non-Compete Clause Rulemaking. The rule would state in relevant part: (a) Unfair methods of competition. It is an unfair method of competition for an employer to enter into or attempt to enter into a non-compete clause with a worker; […]

Zimmer Kunz News January 6, 2023

ZK News – Congratulations Dan Cuddy!

Dan Cuddy (pictured left) was made a Director of Zimmer Kunz at the firm’s year-end meeting.  Among other impressive accomplishments, Dan is a former Division I athlete having played soccer at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dan is joined in this picture by new Zimmer Kunz Associate, Frank Kochin.  Frank is another former Division I athlete […]

Zimmer Kunz Results January 6, 2023

ZK Results – Attorneys Ryan A. Zeli and Brian M. Lucot obtain Dismissal for Industrial Food & Beverage Manufacturer and Supplier in Ohio Lawsuit

Zimmer Kunz recently represented an Industrial Food & Beverage Manufacturer and Supplier (Supplier) that was joined to a civil litigation action in July 2022, in Tuscarawas County, Ohio.  The lawsuit focused on the Plaintiff’s accident and injuries in a supermarket, which occurred on August 7, 2019.  Upon being joined, on behalf of Supplier, Zimmer Kunz […]

Zimmer Kunz Results December 20, 2022

ZK Results – Attorney John W. Zotter Obtains Dismissal for Window Manufacturing Plant

In a lawsuit filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, it was alleged that a window manufacturing plant in an industrial park caused excessive stormwater to flow from its property onto a neighboring property.  Among other damages, it was alleged that the stormwater runoff would cause an accumulation of stagnant water […]

Pennsylvania Updates December 20, 2022

PA Update – Commonwealth vs. Jackson, 2022 Pa. Super 156 (Pa. Super. September 13, 2022)

Under Pennsylvania Rule of Evidence 901, the proponent of digital evidence must produce sufficient evidence to support a finding that a particular person or entity was the author.  The proponent is not required to prove no one else could be the author.  A recent criminal court case is providing law which could become pertinent and […]

Zimmer Kunz News December 12, 2022

ZK News – Four ZK Attorneys Participate in National Kidney Foundation’s Monopoly Tournament

On September 15, 2022, four Zimmer Kunz attorneys, Ryan Zeli, Aaron Weiss, Zach Evans, and Jennifer Suder attended the National Kidney Foundation’s Corporate Monopoly Tournament at Pittsburgh Rivers Casino. This annual event is organized to raise awareness and funds for the National Kidney Foundation. Together with more than 175 guests, the event raised more than […]

Zimmer Kunz News December 12, 2022

ZK News – Attorney Aaron Weiss Joins the Weekly Re-Cap Podcast to Speak about Brewery Law

On November 1, 2022 attorney Aaron Weiss sat down with Nick Adams on his podcast the Weekly Re-Cap to speak about brewery law. The Weekly Re-Cap is a podcast where husband and wife duo Nick and Sara Adams discuss craft beer, beer trends, and beer culture while drinking and reviewing events, brews, and articles from […]

Zimmer Kunz News November 10, 2022

ZK News – George Stewart Presents at Harmonie Group London Event

On November 2,2022, George Stewart provided a presentation to attendees from the London insurance market at a Harmonie Group seminar hosted by the Browne Jacobsen firm at its London office, located in the heart of the financial district near the iconic Lloyd’s Building and historic Leadenhall Market. George spoke on the topic of the impacts […]

Zimmer Kunz News November 9, 2022

ZK News – ZK Lawyers Present PA and WV Asbestos Litigation Seminar

Attorneys from Zimmer Kunz traveled to Maryland on October 26, 2022 to present a seminar covering current issues and emerging topics in Pennsylvania and West Virginia asbestos litigation. The seminar, available for continuing education credits in a handful of states, focused on the life of an asbestos case in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Zimmer Kunz […]

Zimmer Kunz Results November 4, 2022

ZK Results – Summary Judgment Win Affirmed by West Virginia Supreme Court in Legal Malpractice Action

The West Virginia Supreme Court recently upheld the granting of summary judgment to Attorney Sharon Hall’s client in a legal malpractice action.  The Court ruled that judicial error, not the Defendant attorney’s actions, caused the Plaintiff’s damages.   Plaintiff had engaged the Defendant to represent her in a fraud action arising from a paternity dispute.  When […]

Zimmer Kunz Results November 3, 2022

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

(Western District, PA) (October 2022). After a three day federal civil jury trial in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Zimmer Kunz attorney Aaron Weiss obtained a defense result on behalf of the defendant insurance carrier in an Underinsured Motorist Case. Plaintiff (age 25) claimed she was injured after the […]

Pennsylvania Updates October 17, 2022

PA Update – New Mediation Rule in Allegheny County

This new local rule will be enforced next year.  Possibly as early as the May 2023 trial term. Local Rule 212.7 Mandatory Mediation. (1) All parties shall participate in a formal mediation process no later than 45 days prior to commencement of the assigned trial term, as published in the Pittsburgh Legal Journal pursuant to […]

Zimmer Kunz News August 25, 2022

ZK News – Attorney Aaron Weiss Speaking on Brewery Law at Upcoming National Business Institute CLE

Attorney Aaron Weiss will be speaking about brewery law at the National Business Institute’s upcoming course, “Brewery and Distillery Law in Pennsylvania” on Tuesday, November 01, 2022. Aaron’s topic will be “Fermentation and Litigation” and will cover the areas of litigation that can impact alcohol clients. The course will be virtual and can be viewed […]

Pennsylvania Updates August 25, 2022

PA Update – Right to Remain Silent in the Face of Civil Litigation Upheld in Lycoming County Trial Court

Judge Lindhardt of the Lycoming County Trial Court addressed circumstances under which a civil litigant may assert their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination at a deposition in Sweet v. The City of Williamsport, No. 20-CV-00512 (C.P. Lyc. Co. June 27, 2022 Linhardt, J.). The case arose out of a fatal motor vehicle accident in which […]