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Zimmer Kunz Results January 30, 2024

ZK Results – Attorney John W. Zotter Obtains Dismissal of Funeral Director From Lawsuit Arising Out of Improper Burial

In a lawsuit filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, it was alleged that the Plaintiff’s deceased husband was buried in the wrong burial plot and then moved to a different plot without her knowledge or consent.  The Plaintiff further alleged that the proper procedures to disinter and reinter a body […]

Zimmer Kunz Results January 12, 2024


Zimmer Kunz Shareholder, John W. Zotter, secured a non-suit after the Plaintiff rested his case at a jury trial in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.    The lawsuit arose from an incident outside of a veterinary hospital wherein the Plaintiff allegedly tripped and fell when he was walking from a grass covered […]

ZK News – Zimmer Kunz Announces Adam S. Auchey as New Director of the Firm

Pittsburgh – January 3, 2024 – Zimmer Kunz, PLLC, a leading regional civil litigation firm, is pleased to announce the appointment of Adam S. Auchey as a new Director of the firm. Mr. Auchey is a 2007 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, The Dickinson School of Law and a 2004 graduate of the University […]

Zimmer Kunz News November 20, 2023

ZK News – Attorney Aaron Weiss Elected New President and Attorney Joseph Butcher Elected Treasurer of the Western District of PA Chapter of the Federal Bar Association

Earlier this month, Zimmer Kunz attorney Aaron Weiss was elected as the new President of the Western District of PA Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Additionally, Zimmer Kunz attorney Joseph Butcher (who previously served as the President from 2018-2020) was elected to continue his active role in the organization as the Treasurer. Each of […]

Zimmer Kunz News November 1, 2023

ZK News – Attorney Aaron Weiss Argues before PA Supreme Court

On October 17, 2023, Zimmer Kunz attorney Aaron Weiss argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the matter of Ferraro vs. Patterson-Erie Corp., No. 1 WAP 2023. Anyone interested in watching the argument can do so for free via the PCN Network available at: (Scroll down and select the 2023-10-17 Argument. This argument begins […]

Zimmer Kunz Results October 26, 2023

ZK Results – Zimmer Kunz Successfully Defends Underinsured Motorist Claim

On October 24, 2023, after a two day trial, a jury in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania returned a verdict favorable to an insurance carrier in a claim for underinsured motorist benefits. Attorney Zachary G. Evans represented the insurance carrier at trial. The underlying accident occurred while the plaintiff […]

Zimmer Kunz News October 18, 2023

ZK News – Congratulations to Joni Mangino!

Congratulations to Joni Mangino on being selected as the St. Thomas More Award recipient for 2023.   This award is given annually to a worthy member of the Allegheny County Bench or Bar.  St. Thomas More is the Patron Saint of Lawyers and Judges.  Joni will be the 2nd Zimmer Kunz attorney distinguished with this award,  […]

Pennsylvania Updates September 25, 2023

PA Update – PA Supreme Court Clarifies Liability for Events Serving Alcohol

Civil liability for the provision of alcohol has been a longstanding concern in the case law of Pennsylvania, as well as in the minds of event organizers. While the 1951 Dram Shop Act has long established liability for liquor licensees that overserve patrons, non-licensees have rested in somewhat of a gray area. What, for example, […]

Pennsylvania Updates September 21, 2023

United States Supreme Court Update – Out of State Corporations Registered in Pennsylvania Must Now Defend in PA Courts on any Claim

The United States Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of a Pennsylvania statute that requires corporations engaged in business within the state to register and accept general personal jurisdiction in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co., 143 S. Ct. 2028 (2023). The court’s vote of 5-4 revealed an unexpected alignment of justices, with Justice Gorsuch […]

Pennsylvania Updates July 20, 2023

PA Update – Wilson vs. Hannigan (August Term, 2022) No. 00196 (C.P. Philadelphia County, PA; November 22, 2022)

An appeal of Jury’s award of medical expenses without compensation for pain and suffering will not be disturbed where the Jury did not believe Plaintiff suffered any pain or suffering, or that a pre-existing condition or injury was the sole cause of the alleged pain and suffering.  Plaintiff suffered personal injuries in this matter when […]

Zimmer Kunz News July 17, 2023

ZK News – Attorney Aaron Weiss Speaking on Litigation for Alcohol Clients at Upcoming CLE

On Thursday, August 10, 2023 at 5:30pm attorney Aaron Weiss will be presenting a CLE about the areas of litigation impacting clients in the alcohol space for Duquesne Kline University School of Law. The CLE is titled “Fermentation and Litigation” and will take place at Sly Fox’s Highline location: 46 South Fourth Street, Pittsburgh, PA […]

Zimmer Kunz News June 1, 2023

ZK News – New Location for Weirton Office

Our Weirton office has moved from Three Springs Crossing to 206 American Way, Suite 4.  We are still in Weirton, just down the road!

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 […]