Oklahoma hospital must pay $1M to Garth Brooks

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Country singer Garth Brooks leaves a courtroom during a civil trial at the Rogers County Courthouse in Claremore, Okla. on Monday, Jan. 23, 2012. Brooks says an Oklahoma hospital pledged to name a women's center for his late mother in return for $500,000, but a deposition unveiled Monday showed that, after filing a lawsuit, the country singer couldn't remember what he had been promised. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Matt Barnard)
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Country singer Garth Brooks leaves a courtroom during a civil trial at the Rogers County Courthouse in …

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Garth Brooks has won his lawsuit against an Oklahoma hospital that failed to build a women's health center in honor of his late mother.

Jurors ruled Tuesday evening that Integris (ihn-TEG'-rihs) Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in Yukon must pay Brooks $1 million. That includes Brooks' $500,000 donation plus $500,000 in punitive damages.

Brooks said he thought he'd reached a deal in 2005 with the hospital's president and sued after learning the hospital wanted to use the money for other construction projects.

Jury member Beverly Lacy said she voted in favor of Brooks because she thought the hospital went back on its word. As far as the punitive damages, she said: "We wanted to show them not to do that anymore to anyone else."

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