Jason J. Sweet
Jason J. Sweet, Partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia Office, concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation as well as catastrophic injury litigation involving product liability, construction and trucking claims.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sweet has successfully represented clients in professional negligence claims. Mr. Sweet has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases in both state and federal courts, and has successfully argued appeals before the Commonwealth Court and Superior Court.
Mr. Sweet serves as national trial counsel for a leading truck body manufacturer and has been admitted pro hac vice in jurisdictions across the country.
Some of Mr. Sweet's recent representative matters include:
- Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a conveyor equipment manufacturer after eight days of trial in Lauderdale County, Alabama. In this product liability action, the plaintiff alleged that KWS manufactured a defective screw conveyor that caused severe injuries to his right leg, resulting in an amputation. The plaintiff was seeking $1.2 million in compensatory damages, pain and suffering as well as punitive damages. All co-defendants had previously settled with the plaintiff, leaving KWS as the sole defendant at trial. The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of KWS.
- Obtained a verdict in favor of a real estate broker and its agent after five days of trial in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. In this professional negligence action, the plaintiff alleged that the real estate broker and its agent made misrepresentations about material defects affecting the residence including roof, window and door leaks, improperly applied stucco, and improper plumbing. The plaintiff was seeking $500,000 in compensatory damages as well as treble damages and attorney fees under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
- Successfully defended a truck body manufacturer against a $15 million claim by a driver who sustained a brain injury in a crash. The plaintiff brought a product liability claim, including a crash worthiness claim, against the defendant manufacturer for injuries she received when the truck collided with a utility pole, ejecting her from the vehicle and resulting in severe and permanent brain injury.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a truck body manufacturer against a $1.8 million claim by a truck driver who sustained serious spinal injuries when the lift gate mounted on the truck collapsed while loading a 1,800 lb. spool of cable. The plaintiff brought product liability and negligence claims in Johnson County Kansas alleging improper installation of the lift gate by the truck body manufacturer. See Marvin Lawson v. Morgan Truck Body, LLC, et al., District Court of Johnson County, Case No.: 09CV10139, appeal denied, Lawson v. Ryder Truck Rental (Morgan Truck Body, LLC), 301 P.3d 788 (Kan.App. 2013).
- Obtained summary judgment in the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which was subsequently affirmed in the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in favor of the nation’s second largest provider of total home services against a one million dollar claim by a home owner who claimed that his client was involved in deceptive conduct in the sale of a residence. The purchasers of the home contended that the real estate broker violated the Pennsylvania Real Estate Seller Disclosure Law, the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and common law fraud by concealing material defects in the property during the sale process.
- Successfully defended a limousine manufacturer against a multi-casualty claim resulting from an accident involving ten passengers, where five were passengers were killed and five seriously injured. Plaintiffs brought their claim in United States District Court, Northern District of Mississippi, alleging product liability, including a crash worthiness claim, against the Arkansas limousine manufacturer for wrongful death and serious permanent injuries the survivors received when the limousine collided with a box culvert at high speed.
- Successfully defended a truck body manufacturer in a Los Angeles, County, California wrongful death case where the plaintiffs alleged a product liability claim arising from a defectively designed and manufactured under ride guard. The decedent was a passenger in an automobile that struck the rear of a 22′ straight truck at a high rate of speed causing the under ride guard to collapse and decapitate the decedent.
- Obtained a preliminary and permanent injunction on behalf of a mortgage company against a debt negotiation company. The defendant debt negotiation company contacted customers of the plaintiff mortgage company stating that the mortgage company engaged in predatory lending among other defamatory statements and that the defendant could “dispute, negotiate or settle for a new affordable mortgage” on the customers’ behalf. Following the hearing on the preliminary injunction, the defendant consented to a permanent injunction and paid a confidential monetary settlement to the plaintiff.
- Recovered a six-figure settlement for a passenger that was injured in a one-car accident, where three nightclubs had served excessive amounts of alcohol to the driver.
- Recovered a five-figure settlement for an off-duty Cape May County, New Jersey police officer who was injured when he was struck by an automobile while riding his bicycle.
- Recovered a six-figure settlement for a sixty-five year old man who was injured when he stepped in a pothole in a Philadelphia parking lot and suffered a torn rotator cuff.
J.D., Quinnipiac University School of Law
B.S., State University of New York at Potsdam
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
- Bennett v. Agrium, Inc., et al, Circuit Court Lauderdale County, AL, 41CV20139000080.00
- Morgan v. Hydraroll, 804 A.2d 26 (Pa.Super 2002)
- In re: Cabot Blvd. Transportation Development Ordinance No. 02-12, 863 A.2d 1264 (Pa.Cmwlth 2004).
- Green, et al. v. Fox & Roach, LP, Philadelphia CCP, Feb. Term 2003, No.000209.
- Reilly, et al. v. Travelers et al., Philadelphia CCP, October Term 2002, No. 003744.
- Castrodad v. Blockbuster, Inc., Monroe County CCP No. 306Civil2003.
- Line Systems, Inc. v. Eurosystems, Inc., 885 A.2d 593 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2005), appeal denied by Line Sys. v. Eurosystems, Inc., 897 A.2d 458 (Pa. 2006).