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TLC Sues Jon Gosselin, His Lawyer Responds

TLC Sues Jon Gosselin, His Lawyer Responds

On Friday morning, TLC filed a lawsuit against Jon Gosselin for breach of contract with regard to Jon & Kate Plus 8.

A statement released by the network reads, “The network has been trying privately and patiently for months to get Jon to honor the contract he signed and to comply with his obligations relating to public appearances and statements. Those efforts have been unsuccessful.”

Mark Heller, Jon‘s attorney responded with this statement released to JustJared.com:

“Apparently, TLC has elected to initially litigate this case in the Court of Public Opinion, rather than the Circuit Court for Montgomery County Maryland because neither Jon nor I have been served with legal pleadings or informed by TLC of the instant litigation.

“Remarkably, instead, I read the alleged Complaint on the internet, since it would appear that Discovery and TLC chose to pander and publicize their weak, feeble and baseless claim to the media rather than providing the Defendant with appropriate notice through the traditional judicial process.

Jon will vigorously defend against this baseless action, assuming Discovery and TLC choose to go forward with their claim by legally serving him with notice, and we are confident that through the course of litigation it will clearly be evident that Discovery and TLC exploited, manipulated and abused the Gosselins’ vulnerability and financial hardship.

“We believe that the contract will be unenforceable in light of the fact that Discovery and TLC initially had Jon execute a complicated, complex and sophisticated agreement at a time when he had no legal representative. In any event, when TLC and Discovery ended the program Jon & Kate plus eight they also effectively terminated the purported contract and accordingly, any rights or obligations they perceived existed concerning Jon’s conduct or actions, rights or privileges from that point forward were also terminated.

“The contract was against Public Policy because we believe Discovery and TLC violated Pennsylvania Child Labor Laws, failed to seek appropriate State and Municipal Permits, failed to pay the Gosselins fair consideration, and intentionally circumvented their responsibility to specifically designate legal and lawful compensation to the eight infant children, which is now the subject of an investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry and could result in summary Criminal Proceedings.

“The purported Contract was also grossly overreaching and restrictive attempting to abridge the most basic Constitutional Right that all American citizens have of Freedom of Speech. Discovery and TLC has treated Jon Gosselin like a dog by attempting to keep him on a leash and muzzle him and deny the father of eight the opportunity to earn a livelihood to support his family.

“All of the aforesaid, clearly, in our opinion, renders the alleged contract as null and void, unenforceable and unconscionable.

“Clearly, this litigation has heralded in the battle of ‘David’ against ‘Goliath’ and Jon Gosselin fully intends to stand firm, protect his family and defend against TLC and Discovery who have been rumored to have enjoyed over $186 million dollars in revenue for one quarter, purportedly attributed to the success of the program Jon & Kate plus eight.

“This litigation is clearly a tactic that Discovery and TLC have initiated in furtherance of their hunger to jump back on the gravy train, but Jon Gosselin has decided to put the breaks on the Discovery and TLC trainwreck.”

Divorce papers for Jon, 32, and Kate, 34, were filed on June 22.

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# 1

drmz dramz dramz! how did this family become public interest? kinda trashy if you ask me. poor kids.

# 2

Boy, is he getting it now. Only wish TLC had my back and I was in Kates shoes and Jon was in my exes.

# 3

What is TLC suing Jon for? The right to exploit and abuse innocent children on national television by a corporate company? Why did they insinuate themselvest into the middle of the divorce by supporting kate’s media tour. They provided her with PR team to coach her, field questions, bodyguards and a whole team at her beck and call.

# 4

With out money, A**Holes like this unfortuantley get away with this crap. Im sure it will pleasure single mothers across the world to see this ******* go down. Sad but true.

# 5

Jon and his lawyer are scum.

# 6

TLC made millions off the Gosselin children and they are pissed that they have been cut off from filming the children and Jon has brought up PA Child Labor laws. TLC needs to pay the Gosselin children the money they deserve (as well as all the reality children they are exploiting)….plus, put funds aside for mental health help for egging their narcissistic mother Kate on to attack their father and make their lives living hell. TLC egged Kate on for ratings, TLC enjoyed the drama between Jon and Kate as it got them more ratings. TLC should pay Jon, not limit his income!

TLC EXPLOITS the deformed, weak, ,mentally disabled and CHILDREN!!

# 7

i do not like this man at all nor do i trust his motives. he’s about as trustworthy as a rattlesnake in a rat’s nest.

# 8

Oh please if anything TLC shouldn’t have even picked up Jon and Kate plus 8, its a well known fact that kids who grow up with cameras constantly following them around end up making some big mistakes. Just look at Lindsay Lohan and a previous Britney Spears before her comeback. Jon no doubt will get away with it, child labor laws will be brought into question which he could probably use in his favor since TLC picked up the show without bothering to investigate child laws properly

# 9

i hate them all. Jon, Kate, and TLC—They all need to get out of the media and stop exploiting their kids. Its beyond sad now.

Jon is an idiot.

megan's my babe @ 10/16/2009 at 3:17 pm

whatever jon is, i hope he wins against tlc and discovery!

megan's my babe @ 10/16/2009 at 3:18 pm

@anon: ohhh sooo agreed!

TLC – trailer trash network for the brain damaged

pfffft ,,,, tlc has no chance to win this dopey lawsuit

PROBLEMS WITH THE SITE @ 10/16/2009 at 3:52 pm

Do you know that I keep on getting redirected to some ad site almost everytime I try to view Justjared? I just get redirected without my consent, I’m not even clicking on anything. Is this happening to anyone else?

@flo: Thank You!!!! finally… something with logical questions. TLC has made more than enough money from this family, probably more in the last 6 months than the last 5 years! Cut your loses TLC, you have more than enough other families to tear apart!

Jon signed a contract, right or wrong, he didn’t meet his obligation. I don’t see how he’s going to get out of it. I think that TLC is going to be pretty smart about this and look into all the laws, they have a slew of lawyers at their beck and call. They’re smart, they’ll get what they want out of this. Those poor kids don’t understand what their parents are putting them through. I think its time for them to think about the kids for once and not think about who’s going to one up each other. It’s wrong. The kids are what are important. Go away Jon and Kate and figure this out privately, not publically. Jon you’ll never win a public view. You’re an idiot and you always will be. Kate isn’t any better, but she is at least thinking about her kids.

I am going to side with jon on this one. It seems the money he made with tlc is locked up by Kate. How is this guy suppose to earn a living? So they are getting a divorce. TLC wants to change the show and cut jon out but keep her and the kids. Its his kids too everyone. He deserves money as well. Kate is so behind this and I hope she gets what she deserves. She is just as stupid and money hungy as Jon. But, it seems she is trying to steal the money, the spotlight, the show, and the kids. So what, kick jon on his butt. I bet if she wasnt such a nag, maybe these things we are hearing wouldnt of happend. Kate is pulling the strings on this one. This woman or beast is a waist and is a CONTROL FREAK. I hope jon gets his way now cause I am sick of Kate and her mouth. She is egging him on and thats why he does stupid stuff. Kate take your show, your kids and shove it

Both parents should be wanting to pull the plug on this show with all the divorce proceedings and now this drama if they are both thinking about the kids. Money is not going to make it all better when these kids are older and see how their parents handled all this and thekids they go to school with pick and taunt at them about this. How did Jon breach a contract when they have as the lawyer stated done away with Jon and Kate plus eight the show jon was attached to. Im sure he didnt sign a contract for a show called Kate Plus Eight.

I think Jon’s motives may be supsect.. but TLC needs to get a freakin grip. How do you sue a parent; regardless of his character, for them not letting you cash in on their kids.. How does a Network walk into court and justify that stance..

I for one have no respect for the Network heads at all. That show should have been cancelled or put on the shelf until AFTER their Divorce. To film small kids going through this emotional time is just below low class. kate and Jon should both be ashamed of themselves for doing this to their children. I have seen some pics of the kids clinging to Jon when they are with him.. Just an example of what these kids are going through. I have adult friends who do not LIVE with their parents become emotional blobs when their parent divorced.. and yes these are adults.. not children under the age of 9. Just sad that these two parents could not see beyond greed and celebrity and do what was best for their children FIRST. I understand that they needed the money, and this was an easy way to get it, but was it worth it all..

IMHO.. I think NOT..

christine @ 10/16/2009 at 4:57 pm

I tried watching the new episodes after they seperated the couple on the couch, but it was incredibly boring. Not that I liked seeing Kate verbally abusing Jon all the time.
I don’t watch TLC anyore. I don’t think any other network, like ABC and NBC would do this to a family. TLC is a horrid network!
I actually BLOCKED it cause I’m sick of it. I would never allow kids to wach this DISFUNCTION either.
I seriously think Kate needs to take psychiatric medication.
There is only so much a man can take and vice versa.
If Kate knew my ex-boyfriend, he woulda whipped her into shape verbally if she ever talked to him like that. HE WOULDA KICKED HER OUTTA THE HOUSE!
No man, these days, will put up with that.
I remember my father telling me, “You may think you can get away with your aggressive temper in our home, but no man will stay wih you for long, if you act that way around him.”
Not to mention, what NASTY behavior this woman s teaching her kids.
OF COURSE, any man or woman would try to get out of that situation.

he deserve more than that, I can’t believe that he want to cancel the show cause is not healthy for his childres as he said, but he brings the paparazzis with him everywhere he goes, even to pick up one of the twins at a soccer game, that is a location that kate will kept privite but not this camera wh*** that those 8 kids have as a father.

@PROBLEMS WITH THE SITE: You need an anti-spyware software so no one can hack while you surf the net. Becareful.

I think Jon is a simpleton and could technically be wrong, but the big picture here is that this is slimy Corporate America vs. the American Family.

I think TLC is slime. They took hold of this family over 5 yrs ago and practically took them captive. I bet even if Jon & Kate tried to pull out together yrs ago they would have sued them both. The simpleton is Kate she thinks she is so smart & TLC has her where they want her. TLC doesn’t give two cents about those kids–it’s all ratings for them. Oprah supposively owns part of TLC & she has said nothing regarding Jon & kate even though she had them on the show twice. I can’t believe Oprah would let this go on regarding TLC. You think she would step in for the sake of the kids BUT obviously Oprah is all about ratings also & doesn’t give a damn about the kids & this train wreck family. TLC has their claws in this family and they know Kate is an idiot and will go along with anything they say because she is a greedy & money hungry & Jon wants out. He wanted out at the end of the fourth season as he said and Kate just tapped his knee and said “we have alot to iron out but Jon you could never go back to the life you had before the show” meaning he wanted to get a 9-5 job like a normal person & not do the show anymore. She is the PROBLEM with all of this!!!!! Oh Kate your sooooooo smart with IQ of 20.

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