Country star LeAnn Rimes plans to appeal a Nashville judge's ruling that she not be let out of a contract she signed with Curb Records when she was 12, Billboard Bulletin reports. Rimes, now 18, was s

Country star LeAnn Rimes plans to appeal a Nashville judge's ruling that she not be let out of a contract she signed with Curb Records when she was 12, Billboard Bulletin reports. Rimes, now 18, was seeking to have Davidson County (Tenn.) Chancellor Irvin Kilcrease set aside his 1995 order that removed Rimes' minority status so she could sign a long-term contract with Curb.

Last Friday, the judge said he found no basis for granting that request. "Curb Records is very pleased that the court found that there was no reason to change its mind from the decision made in 1995," says the label's attorney, Jay Bowen. "We've now had judges on three different occasions find the recording agreement to be a fair and reasonable one." One of Rimes' attorneys, Jerry Edelstein, issued a statement saying, "We will be appealing."

Rimes, who now lives in Los Angeles, issued a statement last month apologizing to fans for her latest album, saying it was produced by Curb without her "creative input." The label and her father countered those claims, with Wilbur Rimes saying, "This album has great sentimental meaning to me because it was the last project that my daughter and I worked on together."