Garth Brooks Wins Lawsuit Against Oklahoma Hospital

Garth Brooks has won a breach-of-contract lawsuit against an Oklahoma hospital that failed to construct a women’s health center in honor of his mother, Coleen Brooks, who died of cancer in 1999. Jurors ruled that Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon, Okla., must pay the singer $1 million — returning a $500,000 donation Brooks made to the hospital to name the center after his mother and an additional $500,000 in punitive damages. Testifying during the trial in Claremore, Okla., Brooks said he understood that he and hospital president James Moore reached a deal in 2005. He filed the lawsuit in 2009 after the hospital failed to construct the women’s center. “This case is about promises — promises made and promises broken,” Brooks’ attorney, John Hickey, told jurors. “Mr. Brooks kept his promise. Integris never intended to keep their promise and never built a new women’s center.” Following the judgment late Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 24), Integris spokesman Hardy Watkins told reporters, “Obviously, we are disappointed, particularly with the jury’s decision to award damages above and beyond the $500,000. We’re just glad to see the case come to a resolution.”