Garth Brooks bests hospi­tal in le­gal bat­tle

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A jury has ruled that Integris Cana­dian Val­ley Hospi­tal in Yukon, Okla., is re­quired to pay back a $500,000 do­na­tion from coun­try mu­si­cian Garth Brooks as well as an­other $500,000 in puni­tive dam­ages af­ter a dis­pute about how the money should have been used.

Brooks had al­leged that the hospi­tal planned to name a women’s cen­ter af­ter his late mother in ex­change for the $500,000 do­na­tion.

He later sued Integris Cana­dian Val­ley Hospi­tal for breach of con­tract when the hospi­tal failed to build the women’s cen­ter and re­port­edly wanted to use the do­na­tion for other projects. The hospi­tal al­leges that Brooks gave it un­re­stricted ac­cess to the $500,000 do­na­tion, ac­cord­ing to an As­so­ci­ated Press story. The hospi­tal’s ac­tions touched a nerve with some jury mem­bers. “We wanted to show them not to do that any­more to any­one else,” a jury mem­ber said about the jury’s decision to award puni­tive dam­ages to Brooks.

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