Sugarland founder files $1.5M lawsuit against band

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- A founder of the country band Sugarland is suing the two current members of the popular group for $1.5 million.

According to a lawsuit filed late last month in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, Kristen Hall was supposed to get a cut of the group's profits even after she left in 2005 for a solo career. The lawsuit says Hall, who founded the band in 2002, has an agreement with Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush to equally share profits and losses.

Hall says in the lawsuit that she has been excluded from the group's profits since she left.

Sugarland's publicist referred calls to the band's attorney, Gary Gilbert, who was unavailable for comment.

The band's album, "Love on the Inside," which came out last month, is No. 1 on the Billboard music charts.

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  • by Anonymous on Oct 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM
    Kristen Hall should not get a dime of the money. Jennifer and Kristian have worked there tales off to get where they are today. Its not Sugarlands fault that she has failed with the solo thing! I think that Sugarland is way better now that Kristen Hall has left.
  • by Jay Location: ATL on Oct 3, 2008 at 02:50 AM
    Hmm...? If Hall left the group, then it's her own fault she is not getting any of the profits. The other 2 must have been driking to much the night they agreed to that deal. I don's see how Hall could get any benefit after she's gone, if she's not on the tour performing or on the new albums, (2 since she left) then she's not entitled to those royalties. Judge, throw this one out of court! Just my 2 cents.
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