Sugarland's $14 Million Lawsuit!

Sugarland settled the $14 million lawsuit filed by former bandmate Kristen Hall. What caused the expensive disagreement between the former Sugarland friends?

Super-successful country duo Sugarland has reached a deal in a lawsuit filed by former member Kristen Hall. Hall, a singer and songwriter, filed the $14 million dollar lawsuit in 2008 against Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush.

Sugarland settles lawsuit with former member Kristen Hall

Hall left Sugarland in 2005 after only one Sugarland album to pursue a solo career. However, her lawsuit claims that she was entitled to one-third of the group's profits for being an instrumental part in Sugarland's 2004 debut album Twice the Speed of Life. She also said that she formed the band in 2002 and bankrolled much of the group's debut album on her credit cards. Nettles and Bush argued against that claim, saying that Hall's departure left them with over $100,000 in debt.

U.S. District judge Timothy Batten signed an order Friday declaring the lawsuit settled, though terms were not publicly disclosed. Both sides have until Dec. 13 to complete the settled agreement.

It's not likely that even a $14 million dollar settlement would have much impact on the popular country duo. Their fourth studio album, The Incredible Machine, debuted on top of Billboard's Top 200 and Top Country albums charts after selling 203,000 copies in the first week after its Oct. 19, 2010 release. They're also riding high off their fourth-consecutive win of Vocal Duo of the Year at last week's CMA Awards.

We hope Hall's settlement is enough to make her forget what a mistake it was leaving the group she founded!

Tags: kristen hall kristian bush the incredible machine

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Comments on "Sugarland settles lawsuit with Kristen Hall"

deidre January 22, 2012 | 8:55 PM

Unless she was pushed out. You know some singers will get jealous of other musicians. Nettels is good but she ain't all that!

vicky December 01, 2010 | 9:14 PM

since she left she should only get royalties from the songs and albums she is on no future stuff.... its her loss to leave now she wants a big pay out thats crazy

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