ATLANTA (CBS/AP) Country duo Sugarland has settled a lawsuit brought by former band member Kristen Hall, who claims that she was owed one-third of the group's profits despite leaving in 2005 to pursue a solo career.
Sugarland, which last week was named the Country Music Association's vocal duo of the year, was set to go on trial Monday with Hall. However on Friday, U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten signed a court order which said the parties had reached a settlement.
Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but Batten gave both sides until Dec. 13 to complete the agreement. Attorneys for the parties could not immediately be reached for comment.
In 2008, Hall sued Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, claiming that she should have been given a third of the group's profits -- a sum her laywers said could exceed $14 million.
The complaint said Hall, who founded the band in 2002, set the stage for the group's success by acting as its manager, marketing officer and tour organizer in its early years. It said she used her personal credit cards to pay for the band's expenses, and that she "collaborated generously" on the debut album, "Twice the Speed of Life," which sold millions of copies.
Nettles and Bush countered in court documents that Hall never reached a profit-sharing agreement with them when she quit. They said they were left to repay almost $100,000 in debts after Hall left, and that she had "no expectation that the parties would ever work together again."