Trial Begins in Garth Brooks’ Lawsuit Against Oklahoma Hospital

A trial began Tuesday (Jan. 17) in Garth Brooks’ lawsuit against a hospital in Yukon, Okla., over the naming of a new building at the medical complex. In 2009, Brooks filed the breach-of-contract suit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital to ask for his $500,000 donation to be returned. According to The Associated Press, Brooks said he pledged the money to the hospital in December 2005 with the understanding that a new building would be named for his mother, Colleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999. He added that he was shown preliminary drawings of buildings with his mother’s name on them. However, the hospital replied to the lawsuit saying the donation was “anonymous and unconditional” and that naming rights for the building were not a provision of the agreement. Brooks and his wife, singer Trisha Yearwood, were present during Tuesday’s court proceedings in Claremore, Okla.