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COURT SAYS COWBOYS CANNOT BLOCK WORKERS COMP FUNDS

     In Dallas, an appeals court ruled the Cowboys may not  block
worker's compensation funds negotiated for ex-wide receiver Scott
Ankrom, according to this morning's DALLAS MORNING NEWS.  Ankrom
injured his knee in '89 and the Cowboys claimed he was not
permitted to "double dip," meaning be compensated twice -- in
salary and by the insurance company.  The ruling "could undermine
a subsequent effort by Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones to recover"
about $1M that was awarded to 16 other former players under
worker's comp claims or insurance settlements.  A trial court had
originally ruled in favor of the club, awarding Jones the $26,500
in compensation, plus attorney fees.  Jones then sued 16 other
ex-players for similar "double dipping" complaints (Doug Bedell,
DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/29).
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