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COURT SAYS COWBOYS CANNOT BLOCK WORKERS COMP FUNDS
Published March 29, 1995
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).