A Dallas Cowboys spokeswoman who was injured when the team’s practice facility collapsed during a 2009 storm has filed a lawsuit. The Plaintiff, Jancy Briles, a member of the team’s public relations staff, is suing companies involved in building or designing the steel and fabric structure. Ms. Briles is the daughter of Baylor football coach Art Briles. The lawsuit contends that Ms. Briles should recover damages for suffering “serious, disabling and permanent injuries,” caused by the collapse. The Defendants include Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, Penn., and its Canadian parent, Cover-All Building Systems Inc. Cover-All was dissolved after filing for bankruptcy in March 2010. Norseman Group Ltd., based in Edmonton, Alberta, bought Cover-All assets in June 2010.
The Cowboys were conducting a rookie minicamp when the 88,000-square-foot building fell in a wind storm on May 2, 2009. The National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded that the structure should have been able to withstand the wind gusts, which were between 55 mph and 65 mph. Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis suffered broken vertebrae in the accident, and scout Rich Behm was left paralyzed from the waist down. Each have settled claims totaling $35 million from Summit Structures and companies controlled by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Jamar Hunt, a player, also received a settlement for an undisclosed amount from those companies as a result of suffering a herniated disk in his neck.
Source: Associated Press
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