Sugarland members settle founder Kristen Hall's $14 million lawsuit
Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, who make up the country duo Sugarland, have settled a lawsuit with founding member Kristen Hall, who claimed she was owed about $14 million, or one-third, of the band's profits after she left in December 2005 to pursue a solo career.
Hall, who founded the band in 2002, had sued the two in 2008, saying that her work as the group's manager, marketing officer and tour organizer in its early years helped make it successful and that she used personal credit cards to pay for Sugarland's expenses, according to the Associated Press.
She also said she collaborated "generously" on the group's debut album, "Twice the Speed of Life", which was released in 2004. Nettle and Bush said Hall never reached a profit-sharing agreement with them when she quit and that they had to pay almost $100,000 in debts after her departure.
A judge signed a court order on Friday, saying the parties had settled. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.