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Country singer Garth Brooks' hospital lawsuit has ended with a $1 million award against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital.
Brooks gave the Oklahoma hospital $500,000 in 2005. He wanted the hospital to build a woman's center named after his mother, Colleen Brooks. Brooks' mother passed away from cancer in 1999.
Brooks claimed he made a deal with hospital president James Moore. The country star said Moore initially suggested putting his mother's name on an intensive care unit. Moore then suggested the women's center.
This was an idea that Brooks "jumped all over," according to the star's testimony.
A women's center was never built. Instead, Brooks heard that they were going to use his donation for other projects. That's when he sued.
Moore said the hospital had unrestricted access to Brooks' hefty donation. He also claimed that Brooks donated the money first before he requested a women's center named after his mother.
A jury sided with Brooks. They found that the hospital breached its contract and committed fraud.
Fraud is the intentional deception of another for financial or personal gain. Defendants that commit fraud typically must make a material misrepresentation that they know to be false. The plaintiff must rely on this false statement and suffer a loss.
For example, the hospital may have committed fraud if they told Brooks they would name the hospital after his mother when they had no intention to do so.
Garth Brooks' hospital lawsuit awarded the singer his donation of $500,000 as well as $500,000 in punitive damages. An Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital spokesman indicated they disagreed with the verdict, according to the AP.