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Sugarland lawyer knocks lawsuit by former member

Monday, August 11, 2008 – Sugarland's attorney shot down the lawsuit of a former band member Monday, who claimed she was not paid money due her, as "totally baseless."

Kristen Hall filed suit against former band mates Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Hall in an Atlanta court claiming she was to be paid money by them after she departed. Hall decided to leave in January 2006 to pursue her own career. She claimed she was due an equal cut of the profits even after she left. Hall is seeking $1.5 million.

In a statement, Sugarland attorney Gary Gilbert said, "This lawsuit is totally baseless and without merit. Among other factual inaccuracies suggested in the complaint, it is indisputable that Ms. Hall left the group voluntarily and on her own accord. We are absolutely confident that this matter will be resolved in favor of Jennifer and Kristian."

In a posting on Sugarland's web site at the time of her departure, Nettles and Bush wrote, "Kristen has decided that she wants to stay home and write songs, and we support her in that decision."

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