Jerry Jones reaches settlement
Companies controlled by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have paid out about $10 million to the two employees seriously injured in the 2009 collapse of the team’s practice facility, the attorney for the two said Monday.
Attorney Frank Branson said the payments in cash and other benefits to team scout Rich Behm and specialteams coach Joe DeCamillis totaled about $5 million each. The payments settle lawsuits the two brought against Cowboys Center Ltd. and Blue Star Development Co.; Cowboys Center owned the steel and fabric facility as well as the land on which it stood.
Behm was paralyzed from the waist down, and DeCamillis suffered a broken vertebra when the building collapsed in a wind storm on May 2, 2009. Both still work for the team, which wasn’t sued.
Branson also disclosed that a previous settlement with the builder, Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, Pa., paid Behm $19.5 million and DeCamillis $4.5 million.
“Based on what these men and their families have been through, it would be hard for anybody to say there’s too much money to give them,” Branson said.