Toys ‘R’ Us, America’s largest toy retailer, has lost a lawsuit and is appealing the verdict in an effort to avoid remitting the reward it has been ordered to pay.
The lawsuit came about after a woman named Robin Aleo suffered a fatal accident in July, 2006 when she slid down a five foot inflatable pool slide, head first and suffered the injury that took her life.
Her untimely and unfortunate death occurred when the pool slide partially collapsed and she slammed her head into the concrete pool deck.
The surviving members of the family of this twenty eight year old woman filed a civil lawsuit in Massachusetts, where the accident took place, and a jury awarded them the sum of twenty million dollars.
The plaintiffs argued that the Toys ‘R’ Us product did not comply with federal safety standards for swimming pool slides and a jury agreed.
Attorneys for Toys ‘R’ Us, however, have argued that the 1976 Consumer Product Safety Commission regulation which was cited by the family of the dead woman does not apply to inflatable pool slides.
An appeals court will have to decide if Toys ‘R’ Us is right.