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Former Destiny’s Child members Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams have settled a long running copyright dispute out of court.

Chicago singer/songwriter Rickey Allen sued the trio over allegations that their 2004 song, Cater 2 U, was inspired by a track he composed with the same title. He claimed he handed over a version of his tune, which was copyrighted in the mid-1990s to producer Maurice Joshua, who allegedly went on to work with the hit makers in the studio. Joshua, however insists that he never held a copy of the song. The trio disbanded in 2005, and the song appeared on their compilation album, Destiny Fulfilled.

Allen initially filed suit against Beyonce, Rowland, and Williams in Chicago, Illinois, back in 2006. This week the three stars were due to appear before a judge on Thursday (December 10) and give their testimonies. However, they were able to avoid having to appear in court by agreeing to a settlement behind closed doors.

According to Allen’s attorney, Matthew Wildermuth, the issue was amicably resolved and the case is going to be dismissed. “Allen is excited about being able to devote his time to posturing his musical career,” said Wildermuth.

The terms of the agreement have not been released, and the case is expected to be dismissed when it is presented to a judge on Thursday (December 10).

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