(AP) - Garth Brooks has come out the winner in a legal tussle with a former employee.

The Tennessean newspaper reports a federal jury ruled Brooks' way in a dispute over $226,000. Brooks and his TV production firm sued Lisa Sanderson over the money, claiming it was a loan she failed to repay. Sanderson claimed the money was a gift - and that she and Brooks were so tight, they were like family. She also claimed the money was part of a pension she was owed after Red Stokes Entertainment closed down in 2010.

The jury found otherwise. But it's unclear whether Brooks will ever see the money. Sanderson told the judge that she did not have the money to repay the singer.