A confidential settlement has been reached between the manager and members of Los Tucanes de Tijuana and former accordionist and founding member Joel Higuera.

MIAMI -- A confidential settlement has been reached between the manager and members of Los Tucanes de Tijuana and former accordionist and founding member Joel Higuera.

In a suit filed in May 2003 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Higuera alleged breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and unjust enrichment. Higuera, who was represented by Anthony R. Lopez of the Los Angeles-based law offices of Lopez & Associates, said he was ousted from Los Tucanes without receiving royalty payments for either record sales or publishing. The group, which is signed to Universal Music Latino, is considered one of the top norteā€“o bands in Mexico and the United States.

Los Tucanes formed in 1987. In 1996, its members, along with manager Gustavo Felix, created Tucanes Inc. as a corporation with equal participation from all involved and through which the group's business affairs were to be handled.

In conversations last year, Lopez contended that $14 million had gone through the Tucanes Inc. account, and that his client did not receive "one penny" of it. Although the original complaint did not specify an amount of money, an equal distribution of $14 million would have amounted to close to $3 million for Higuera.

Lopez would not comment on the case, citing the confidentiality agreement.

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