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Friends in Law Places: Garth Brooks Wins Suit Over Donation in Mother’s Memory

Garth  Brooks owes a tip of the hat to his jury.

An Oklahoma hospital has been ordered to return the $500,000 the  country-music superstar donated in his late mother’s name after he accused  officials of funneling it out to projects other than the women’s health center  Brooks earmarked the money for.

And that’s not all.

A jury also awarded Brooks $500,000 in punitive damages after ruling that  IntegrisCanadian Valley Regional Hospital was in breach of its contract with the  “Friends in Low Places” singer.

“Obviously we are disappointed, particularly with the jury’s decision to  award damages above and beyond the $500,000,” said hospital spokesman Hardy  Watkins. “We’re just glad to see the case come to a resolution.”

Brooks grew emotional while testifying last week, saying that a women’s health center  was the perfect legacy for his mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in  1999.

“In my recollection, not only did I agree, we agreed,” he said,  referring to his deal with the hospital.

Before the verdict was read today, he told reporters, “She deserves nothing  but good.”

Brooks cut an initially anonymous check in 2005 and the hospital had  argued  that there were no restrictions on the donation and only later  did Brooks come  up with the women’s center idea. But the Grammy winner  successfully convinced  the jury that he ultimately did make a deal with hospital  administrators, and that they dropped the ball.

 

 

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