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October 17, 2009|Joe Flint

TLC filed a breach-of-contract suit Friday against Jon Gosselin, the costar of its smash reality show "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

The suit, which was filed in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Md., where TLC parent Discovery Communications is based, is the latest in an escalating battle between Gosselin and the cable network. Gosselin is also in the midst of a bitter split from his wife, Kate.

Among other things, the suit charges that Gosselin violated his contract by taking paying gigs from other television shows without permission, including the CBS-syndicated shows "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," while still under exclusive contract.

The suit seeks to force Gosselin to abide by his contract and return the money he has made for appearing elsewhere.

In a statement, Gosselin's lawyer, Mark Jay Heller, said, "Jon will vigorously defend against this baseless action." The statement went on to say that Gosselin will counter that the contract was "against public policy because we believe Discovery and TLC violated Pennsylvania child labor laws."

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Joe Flint

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