January 26, 2012
Jury Says Hospital Must Return Gift - and Pay Damages
Garth Brooks gave an Oklahoma hospital $500,000 several years ago, but then sued to get it back. Brooks argued that the hospital had agreed to build a women's center and name it after his mother. The hospital countered that Brooks had given it the money with no strings attached and that conversations may have been misremembered. Brooks brought a breach-of-contract lawsuit, and the jury awarded Brooks his $500,000 - and an extra $500,000 in punitive damages. A juror said the decision to award punitive damages came because: "We wanted to show them not to do that anymore to anyone else."
Curiously, the AP story says that Brooks had admitted in a deposition that he could not remember what had been promised. The story does not mention a written agreement.
Thanks to Fred Hopengarten who sent me this link to the story on boston.com.
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