Cover-All Building Systems headed to bankruptcy

Cover-All Building Systems Inc. laid off nearly all of its 500 employees this week as the company heads to bankruptcy making it less clear how the dozen people injured in the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys practice structure last spring will be compensated.

Cover-All, based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is the parent company of the business that built the indoor facility and it will seek to continue limited operations, per a report in the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, Pa., built the facility for the Cowboys that went down in high winds last May. Rich Behm, a scouting assistant for the team, was paralyzed below the waist. Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis suffered a broken neck.

In the petition filed in Calgary, Alberta, Cover-All said it has “a reasonably foreseeable liquidity crisis such that the applicants are insolvent" under Canadian law.

In October, it was determined that the structure fell in winds of 65 mph or less, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Per engineering standards, it should have withstood winds up to 90 mph.

Behm and DeCamills have filed suit already and earlier this month they tacked on three businesses owned by Jerry Jones as defendants. The suit alleges those companies failed to properly review plans for maintenance of the indoor practice facility. The Cowboys have also filed suit against Cover-All and Summit, per the report.

Considerable legal wrangling lies ahead.

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