In 2006, Robin Aleo, 29, while visiting family in Andover, died after sustaining severe neck injuries when an inflatable pool slide she had purchsed collapsed.
The slide -- a Banzai in-ground pool water slide -- was imported and sold by Toys "R" Us, and Aleo's family sued the toy chain for wrongful death and product liability.
In 2011, a jury found that Toys "R" Us had been negligent by not testing the product and that the slide -- manufactured in China -- did not meet federal safety standards.
Aleo's family was awarded $20.6 million, and Toys "R" Us appealed the ruling, saying that was too much money.
In 2012, Toys "R" Us and Walmart recalled that particular Banzai slide, siting the danger that it would collapse, as is what happened in the Aleo case.
The company requested a new trial, and that request was denied. So the company appealed to the SJC.
"We are pleased that today’s decision upheld the finding of the jury, and recognized the tremendous and needless loss suffered by the Aleo family," attorney Ben Zimmerman, who represented the family, said in a statement after the ruling. "It also sends a powerful message to toy retailers across the country that they have a responsibility to ensure the products they import and bring to market are safe for consumers."