A suit filed by singer/producer/actor Ruben Blades against his former record and publishing companies was settled quietly Sunday (March 7), the day before it was scheduled to go to trial.

A suit filed by singer/producer/actor Ruben Blades against his former record and publishing companies was settled quietly Sunday (March 7), the day before it was scheduled to go to trial. Blades' suit against Fania Records Inc., Vaya Records Inc., Musica Latin Internacional Inc., Vaya Publishing Co. Ltd. and others was set to be heard in New York Federal Court.

Blades' attorney, John Rosenberg, confirms that a settlement was reached but did not provide details.

The lawsuit suit dates back to 1984, when Blades filed a complaint alleging failure to pay recording and publishing royalties, copyright infringement and other charges. Blades also alleged that several of the companies named in the suit had unlawfully exploited compositions that he owns in full. A settlement was reached in 1985; in the latest suit, Blades alleged that the court-ordered terms of that deal had been breached.

Fania Records and the other companies named in the suit are all part of the music enterprise owned by the late Gerald Massuci, who was key in bringing salsa music to the United States. Blades signed to Fania in the '70s. His catalog is now administered by Sony/ATV.