City of Hillsboro, the School District, Pool Cover Businesses Named in $70 Million Lawsuit

A lawsuit cited as wrongful death as a result of negligence was filed against the City of Hillsboro, the school district, and pool cover ThermaGard’s manufacturer Universal Filtration Inc., and its seller, The Pool and Spa House.

The lawsuit was filed by the family of Nabila Maazouz, an Oregon Episcopal School freshman, who was found dead under a pool cover at Hillsboro’s Shute Park Aquatic & Recreation Center after a Liberty High School swim team practice November 20, 2019.

Coaches had told the swimmers to cover the pool with heavy covers that create suction when rolled onto water, the lawsuit said.

Maazouz and others swam with a cover to the pool’s deep end, then swam back underneath the cover, the lawsuit said. Maazouz and others did the same with a second cover but Maazouz did not resurface, the lawsuit said.

Nabila’s body was found after her mother, Patricia Maazouz, noticed swimmers leaving without her daughter and went inside to see what had happened to her daughter.

The lawsuit alleges the ThermaGard pool covers were “defective and unreasonably dangerous.”

– Ella Breedlove