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Our Team Jason J. Sweet

Jason Sweet is a partner in the firm’s Philadelphia office.  Jason concentrates his practice on product liability and general commercial litigation. His practice is focused on the defense of companies that design and manufacture truck bodies, aftermarket automotive products, vehicle upfit, industrial machinery and consumer products.

  • Jason works with a variety of product manufacturers when there are questions about their products.
  • Jason serves as national coordinating and trial counsel for a leading truck body manufacturer and utility vehicle body manufacturer, coordinating the defense of litigation that challenges the safety and effectiveness of products across multiple jurisdictions.
  • Many of Jason’s representative matters involve catastrophic injury/mass casualty litigation arising from product liability, construction, and trucking claims.
  • Jason consults with his clients on product recalls, compliance with industry standards, limiting or controlling risk, and product manufacturing and distribution.
  • Jason assists clients in developing product literature, reviewing quality processes, product failure investigations, and crisis management.
  • Jason regularly leads litigation in commercial cases, representing manufacturers in supplier contract disputes, and other proceedings in which an understanding of the specialty manufacturing industry is essential.
  • Jason has successfully represented clients in professional negligence claims. 
  • He has tried numerous jury and non-jury cases in state and federal courts and successfully argued appeals before the Commonwealth Court and Superior Court.

When not at work, Jason is an avid mountain biker and skier who enjoys spending time with his family in the outdoors trying to wear them out.

  • 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 KWS manufactured a defective screw conveyor, causing severe injuries, resulting in an amputation. The plaintiff was seeking $1.2 million in compensatory damages, pain and suffering, and 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. The plaintiff alleged 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, 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 and crashworthiness 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 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 truck’s mounted liftgate 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 liftgate by the truck body manufacturer.
  • 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 $1 million dollar claim by a homeowner who claimed his client was involved in deceptive conduct in the sale of a residence. The buyers contended 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 10 passengers, where five 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 crashworthiness claim against the Arkansas limousine manufacturer for wrongful death and permanent injuries of the survivors when the limousine collided with a box culvert.
  • 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 underride guard. The decedent was a passenger in an automobile that struck the rear of a 22-foot straight truck at a high speed, causing the underride 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 the mortgage company engaged in predatory lending 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 injured in a one-car accident where three nightclubs had served excessive amounts of alcohol to the driver.
  • Recovered a six-figure settlement for a pedestrian who was injured when an improperly installed bench on the City of Cape May, New Jersey promenade toppled over, causing a torn hip labrum.
  • Recovered a six-figure settlement for a 65-year-old man who was injured when he stepped in a pothole in a Philadelphia parking lot and suffered a torn rotator cuff.
  • 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. 306 Civil 2003
  • 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)