Carpenter, 70, sought more than $2 million in his breach-of-contract suit filed Jan. 11. His sister’s estate also was a plaintiff.
However, attorneys for Carpenter filed court papers on May 10 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Samantha Jessner stating that the case was settled. No terms were divulged.
Throughout their career, the singing duo from Downey provided their recording services to A&M, which is now a division of UMG, according to the complaint.
“However, rather than reward the Carpenters’ longstanding loyalty and honor their legacy, defendants have withheld substantial sums owed to the Carpenters,” the suit alleged.
During their 14-year career, the siblings recorded 11 albums as The Carpenters, released 31 singles and starred in five television specials and a television series, the suit states. They were awarded three Grammys and their singles sales have topped 100 million, according to the lawsuit.
Karen Carpenter died in February 1983 in Downey at age 32 of heart failure resulting from complications from anorexia nervosa.
—City News Service
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