Behm Hires Legal Eagle in Cowboys Collapse

No lawsuits filed, but legal work is well under way.

Paralyzed Dallas Cowboys scout Rich Behm has hired high-profile Dallas lawyer Frank Branson, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Branson does not plan to sue -- and indeed cannot sue -- the Cowboys, the newspaper said. Behm is covered by workers' compensation, which "is a total and complete bar to any suit" against the team.

Behm and 11 other people were injured when the Cowboys' practice bubble collapsed during a severe thunderstorm May 2.

Branson asked a Dallas County court late last month to order a pre-litigation deposition of Nathan Stobbe, president of facility builder Summit Structures, and its parent, Cover-All Building Systems.

Court records show that the attorney also asked for all of the Canada-based company's documents related to the tent-like facility.

Branson told Dallas Morning News reporter Brooks Egerton that Stobbe had already submitted to questioning voluntarily. Branson said he had received some documents, too.

"The defendants at this time seem to be cooperating," he said. "I'd like to get this case up and running as smoothly as possible for everybody's sake."

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