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Tuesday
Jan172012

Garth Brooks' Civil Trial Against Oklahoma Hospital Now Underway

Pearl RecordsGarth Brooks' civil lawsuit against Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital in his hometown of Yukon, OK went to trial Tuesday in Rogers County, OK.  According to the Tulsa World newspaper, Garth and his wife Trisha Yearwood were on hand for the trial's opening day.

Garth's lawsuit claims the hospital accepted a $500,000 donation from him with the understanding a new building at the hospital would be named for his late mother, Colleen Brooks.  Her name was not attached to any of the building's the hospital built following his donation, so Garth asked for his money back in 2008. The hospital turned down his request, and Garth filed the suit in 2009.

In a statement from his publicist, Garth said, "I am stunned and hurt by the way this situation has been handled by the hospital."  A lawyer for the hospital claims that Garth made an "anonymous and unconditional" donation to the hospital and only later put conditions on it.  A spokesperson for the hospital said they are grateful for the donation, but they must make sure they follow the law in accepting gifts from donors.

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