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Cowboys employees settle suits over facility collapse

Two Dallas Cowboys employees will receive a combined $34 million after settling their lawsuits over injuries suffered in the collapse of the team’s practice facility in 2009.

The Dallas Morning News reports that companies owned by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will pay $5 million each in cash and benefits to scout Rich Behm and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, both of whom still work for the team.

Behm, who was paralyzed in the facility collapse, settled with Summit Structures LLC and Cover-All Building Systems for about $19.5 million. DeCamillis, who suffered a broken neck, settled with the companies for about $4.5 million.

“They’re very pleased with the results and looking forward to the future and continuing work with the Cowboys,” said attorney Frank Branson, who represented both men. Branson added that both his clients appreciate the way Jones has treated them since the incident.

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15 Responses to “Cowboys employees settle suits over facility collapse”
  1. Bob Nelson says: Aug 31, 2010 11:14 AM

    They should not have had to sue in the first place.
    Summit Structures and the Cowboys should have stepped up and gotten it done long ago.
    The building wasn’t even fit as cattle barn.
    Cheap, Cheap, Cheap.

  2. Kevin from Philly says: Aug 31, 2010 11:20 AM

    Yeah, but did Jerry Jones ever get a settlement from his plastic surgeon?

  3. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Aug 31, 2010 12:15 PM

    thats just a sad case all the way around. i am as big of a cowbum hater as the next but there is NO way that Jones knowingly put people at risk and its a shame that those people were injured.

  4. DeathStar says: Aug 31, 2010 12:42 PM

    I think if I were Jones I would sue Summit Structures for 10 million. How the hell is he supposed to know that a legitimate company would create such a poor structure.
    Good outlook BigMikeSkinsFan.
    Kevinfromphilthy – did you ever get that super bowl ring….NOPE!

  5. robert ethen says: Aug 31, 2010 12:59 PM

    Behm and DeCamellis both still work for the team. I guess they have no hard feelings. Or maybe just no feeling at all.

  6. KolbFan says: Aug 31, 2010 1:09 PM

    Wonder how much the damage lawsuits will be after that sorry team goes 6-10 this year…

  7. Bwa Ha Ha says: Aug 31, 2010 1:14 PM

    Death Star. JJ sould have known because the company already HAD a building collapse.

  8. joetoronto says: Aug 31, 2010 1:21 PM

    BigMikeSkinsFan says: August 31, 2010 12:15 PM
    thats just a sad case all the way around. i am as big of a cowbum hater as the next but there is NO way that Jones knowingly put people at risk and its a shame that those people were injured.
    ********************************************************
    It’s called “due diligence”, Mike.
    I told Vox back then that Jerrah would end up being responsible in the end.

  9. intrepidbullitt says: Aug 31, 2010 1:31 PM

    What a needless tragedy.
    After the lawyers cut’s, the numbers are not going to be impressive.

  10. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Aug 31, 2010 1:33 PM

    joetoronto says:
    August 31, 2010 1:21 PM
    It’s called “due diligence”, Mike.
    I told Vox back then that Jerrah would end up being responsible in the end.
    ________________________________
    yeah, of course he is going to be responsible. it was his facility but this is just a sad event all the way around.

  11. andy reid's belt says: Aug 31, 2010 4:26 PM

    KolbFan says:
    August 31, 2010 1:09 PM
    Wonder how much the damage lawsuits will be after that sorry team goes 6-10 this year…
    ……………………………………………………………………………
    The only thing that collapsed faster than that building was last year’s Eagirl team….and their collapse this year will be even quicker with Cob at QB!

  12. .Vox Veritas. says: Aug 31, 2010 4:45 PM

    Settled out of court, which means that there was probably a clause that absolves Jones and his companies from blame. Also:
    “Jones’ companies, meanwhile, are also pursuing their own lawsuit against the Summit companies.”
    How much do you want to bet that Jones gets more than $10 million out of these guys? Should have known better than to use companies that work out of PA and Canada in the first place.
    http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=39920519
    Summit Structures LLC
    946 North Van Buren Street
    Allentown, PA 18109
    http://1598.ca.all-biz.info/
    Cover-All Building Systems
    S7P 1A4, 3815 Wanuskewin Road
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

  13. jdestrada says: Aug 31, 2010 4:46 PM

    $11M (attny’s cut)…I’m sure after seeing that, Florio is reapplying for the W. Virginia State Bar…

  14. manofaiki says: Aug 31, 2010 5:32 PM

    You guys must not have a clue how long it usually takes for things like this. Because both parties are working together, this got done in about a year.
    Personal injury lawsuits like ones at a firm I used to do copying of their briefs for would take anywhere from 5-6 YEARS.
    They had death penalty cases that didn’t take that long.

  15. Big Tex says: Sep 3, 2010 7:04 PM

    @Bob Nelson
    Uh dude, according to the plantiffs attorney, Jerry Jones did “step up”. Summit Structures, however, cut and ran.
    @Frozen joe
    “due diligence” Really? Has the cold frozen your brain? Do you know squat about commercial construction? The contractor had to submit stamped and signed construction drawings from an engineer and architect. Do you think that Jerry Jones was the engineer or architect on this project? The City of Irving conducted multiple inspections based on those drawings. Do you believe that Jerry Jones is now moonlighting as a building inspector?
    The problem seems to lie with either the Canadian parent company with incompetant architects and engineers or substandard construction skills from the erectors from the Keystone state.
    Why don’t you go back to telling us how great the Raiders are going to be this year. After all, they can’t be awful forever. They can however, be awful for an NFL record SEVEN STRAIGHT SEASONS.

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