Garth Brooks gets $500k in damages from hospital donation lawsuit
Country singer Garth Brooks received his $500,000 donation back from an Oklahoma hospital, plus another $500,000 in damages, according to the Associated Press.
An Oklahoma jury ruled on January 24 that Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon would pay Brooks $1 million after failing to name a building after the country star's mother.
Jury member Beverly Lucy told the wire service that she voted in favor of Brooks because the hospital went back on its word.
She added that they voted for $500,000 in punitive damages because, "We wanted to show them not to do that anymore to anyone else."
Brooks sued the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon for breach-of-contract for the donation because it didn't build a women's center to honor his late mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999.
Brooks left the courtroom shortly after the verdict was read on January 24.
The hospital had argued that Brooks only asked that the hospital honor is mother after he gave the donation and said the donation was an "unconditional" gift.
Brooks said he thought he reached a deal in 2005 with the hospital's president, James Moore, for the center to be built and named after his mother. Moore initially suggested putting Brooks' mother's name on an intensive care unit, however, Brooks said that wouldn't fit his mother's image. Moore then allegedly suggested a women's center, the singer testified.
Brooks sued after the hospital said it wanted to use the money for other construction projects.
A tearful Brooks told jurors, "I jumped all over it...It's my mom. My mom was pregnant as a teenager. She had a rough start. She wanted to help every kid out there."