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Swimming Pool Maker Found Guilty in Boy’s Death

The president of a swimming pool company in Stamford, Connecticut pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, because a six-year-old’s arm got stuck in a pool drain and died. The company should have had a protective device over the powerful pump drain to prevent such a mishap, prosecutors charged.

David Lionetti, who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, said he was unaware of a 2004 law that required swimming pools to have such as device. His sentence, a misdemeanor, was arrived at under an agreement that spared him prison time.

Shoreline Pools, Mr. Lionetti’s company, is required to pay $150,000 for water safety advertisements, under the agreement. The six-year-old was Zachary Cohen, who died in 2007 in the Greenwich, Connecticut, accident.

Product liability lawsuits can be brought against any person or company responsible in the chain of manufacturing and distribution that brings a product to the market. The lawsuit can hold liable the company that makes the product and the company’s owner, through other manufacturers who contribute to making the product, down through wholesalers and retailers.

In the case of Zachary Cohen, the swimming pool manufacturer was held responsible for the child’s injuries and death.

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