Garth Brooks wins Naming Rights Suit Against Hospital

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January 25, 2012; Source: Albany Times Union | NPQ has been following the lawsuit of country singer Garth Brooks, who made a half-million dollar donation to the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital of Yukon, Okla. in 2005. Brooks won the suit against the hospital on Tuesday.

Brooks alleged that the hospital had promised to name a new women’s center after his mother Colleen and then had failed to do so. The women’s center was never built and apparently Brooks felt he had been lured into the gift.

The jury not only ordered the original grant returned, but also found that the hospital should pay punitive damages equal to the grant, bringing the total award to $1 million.

Awarded to the hospital? Probably a long-lasting bad taste in the mouth of other potential donors. –Ruth McCambridge

  • Dee

    This types of experiences make it more difficult for ethically foundations to attract substantial donations. In my opinion, as the wing was never even built, this is more a case of fraud!

  • bob

    Did the hospital promise Mr. Brooks that they could build a hospital wing for $500k? Were they hoping to leverage the half million into a campaign to raise what it really costs? Amazing.

  • Michael J. Rosen

    This is an amazing that will likely be taught in nonprofit management programs for years to come. On my blog, I’ve written in detail about Brooks v. INTEGRIS. There’s also been a terrific discussion in the comments area including a copy of the official response from the hospital foundation. Readers can go to: A

  • David Warlick

    Mr. Brooks has a team of lawyers for everything he does. Where are the written legal documents to support his assertions? No hospital agreed to build a wing for $500,000 in chump change. Heck, you can barely build a nice townhouse in Atlanta for that money, much less an entire hospital wing with equipment. Also, Mr. Brooks would have received a tax document soon after he contributed his money. Did that document say he was receiving some nondeductible benefit, or that his donation was restricted? If it did, show us the tax receipt: Mr. Brooks wins. If it did not, let’s bump this case up to a superior court and hear it again, with competence.