Country stars Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are facing a serious lawsuit after a federal judge in Nashville refused to dismiss a songwriter's claim they stole her song.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Bowen, known professionally as Lizza Connor, filed a lawsuit in May that a song she composed called "Remind Me" was taken for Paisley and Underwood's duet of the same.
Bowen wrote the song during a 14-week county music songwriting workshop in Nashville in 2008. Her composition was critiqued by several advisors, including Kelley Lovelace and Charles DuBois.
She stated she was told it would work as a duet.
Following the workshop, Bowen continued performing the song at various local venues, working to improve it.
In 2011, Paisley and Underwood recorded a platinum-selling song together also called "Remind Me."
The song was co-written by Paisley, Lovelace and DuBois. It sold more than one million copies and topped Billboard's country chart.
Bowen took the case to federal court in Nashville, and the presiding judge decided not to dismiss the case, citing Paisley and Underwood's motion.
The Hollywood Reporter quotes that the judge feels the country duo's motion "do[es] not dispute that the Amended Complaint sufficiently alleges 'access' to Bowen's copyrighted material."
The next step is for the judge to determine whether or not Bowen can establish specific elements of her song are "substantially similar" to the country stars' duet.
The refusal of a dismissal merely means that Paisley and Underwood can't escape the lawsuit and could find themselves on trial once enough testimony is gathered.
*The Hollywood Reporter contributed to this report.