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Garth 'lawyers up' to ward off suits

COUNTRY singer Garth Brooks has lawyered up ahead of a potential 
legal battle over the cancelled Croke Park gigs.

The singer has reportedly employed the services of Irish solicitors Gleeson McGrath Baldwin as well as a dedicated barrister, should the issue go to the courts.

The Dublin law firm specialises in media and entertainment law.

"In the current knowledge economy it is important for clients to recognise and protect their intellectual property," the company said.

Garth, who cancelled all five gigs at Croke Park after Dublin City Council only gave permission for three concerts, has also retained the services of Limerick barrister Willie Ryan.

The move is being viewed as protection for Mr Brooks in case there is a scenario that either the promoter, the venue or other parties pursue legal action following the collapse of the concerts.

Mr Ryan confirmed that both he and Gleeson McGrath Baldwin were acting on behalf of the Tulsa-born singer.

But he said that so far no suits have been filed against him.

predicted

After the cancellations, it was predicted that several individual companies hired by the promoters and venue would pursue a legal claim.

This could include contractors hired in the areas of security, catering and communications - who were understood to be considering demands for expenses to be reimbursed and possible compensation for losses.

Promoter Peter Aiken previously told an Oireachtas committee that he was considering legal action after he paid out deposits for 
equipment and accommodation.

"I'm taking legal advice over that," he said.

"I'm down a seven-figure sum on this. Garth Brooks is going to be out millions."

The US country singer had planned to play for 400,000 fans at the stadium on consecutive nights from 25-29 July.

However, Dublin City Council granted event licences for only three of the dates.

The singer stuck to his pledge that he would play three nights or none at all.

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