A Massachusetts jury has awarded more than $20 million to a man
whose wife died from injuries she sustained on an inflatable pool
In the verdict returned Oct. 13, jurors in Salem Superior Court
found that Toys “R” Us was responsible for importing
and selling the Banzai Falls slide, which reportedly did not meet
federal safety standards.
Robin Aleo, 29, was fatally injured during a pool party in July
2006 in Andover, Mass., when she slid down headfirst and struck her
head on a pool deck after the product suddenly deflated.
The $20.6 million verdict included $18 million in punitive damages,
as well as $2.5 million in anticipated lost income from the
victim’s advertising and marketing career. It is one of the
largest jury verdicts in the state this year.
The slide was manufactured in China and was purchased by the Aleos
a month earlier from Toys “R” Us through Amazon.com.
Amazon and manufacturer SLB Toys USA also were named in the
wrongful death suit, but settled with plaintiff Michael Aleo for an
undisclosed sum after the trial began.