$20M Verdict Upheld in Massachusetts Pool Slide Lawsuit

February 21, 2012

A Massachusetts judge has upheld a $20 million jury award to the family of a Colorado woman who died after a Toys ‘R Us inflatable pool slide partially collapsed.

In October, a jury ordered Toys ‘R Us to pay the award to the family of Robin Aleo after attorneys argued that the slide was not tested to determine if it met certain safety standards.

Aleo was visiting family in Andover in 2006 when she slid head-first down the slide and it partially collapsed. She suffered fatal injuries when she struck her head on the pool’s deck.

Toys ‘R Us attorneys argued that the regulations did not apply to that inflatable slide.

On Thursday, a Superior Court judge denied a motion for a new trial and verdict reduction filed by Toys ‘R Us.

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  • March 1, 2012 at 5:12 pm
    Caroline Fisher says:
    I feel terrible for the family however what idiot who is over the age of twelve would slide head first down a inflatable slide bought from a toy store??
  • February 23, 2012 at 7:48 am
    Bartleby the Scrivener says:
    The intent of law is not relevant. The words in the law are. If the law says pool slides must meet that requirement and does not specify the materials used in the manufactur... read more
  • February 22, 2012 at 12:56 pm
    Chad Balaamaba says:
    Obviously sorry about the loss, and a little girl who has lost her mother, but all I can say is this is just stupid. Hope she doesn't have any relatives who decide to ride a ... read more

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