Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sugarland reconciles $14 million lawsuit with group's founder

After winning the Country Music Association Award for vocal duo of the year on Wednesday, the band Sugarland developed a lawsuit with founding member Kristen Hall, who claims she was owed $14 million from the band's profits after she left the band to attempt a solo career, reports The Associated Press.

The band and Hall were set to go to trial on Monday, however, each of the parties reached a resolution on Friday. The terms of the resolution were not disclosed, so it is unclear how much Hall will receive, but each side was given until December 13 by U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten to complete the agreement.

Hall, who left the band in December of 2005, sued Sugarland members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush in 2008 asserts that she was owed a third of the band's profits. According to the Associated Press, the complaint said Hall founded the band in 2002 and laid the groundwork for the group's success by acting as a manger and tour manager in those early years. She also claims she used her personal credit cards to pay the band's operating cost and collaborated on the group's debut album "Twice the Speed of Life", which sold over three million copies.

Nettles and Bush argued back in court documents that Hall had never reached a profit-sharing agreement with the pair after she quit the band, according to the wire service. The two claimed they were left to reimburse back nearly $100,000 in debts.


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