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November 14, 2009


Jon Gosselin sues TLC citing child labor laws

Washington — Jon Gosselin has filed a counter lawsuit against the TLC network.

In the claim, he alleges that television producers had violated Pennsylvania’s child labor laws in filming the hit reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” and are preventing him from working.

The suit seeks more than $5 million in damages.

It was filed Thursday in Maryland in response to a network lawsuit alleging Gosselin failed to meet his obligations as an employee.

Gosselin’s attorney Mark Jay Heller says the network had the family sign a complicated deal in 2005 without the advice of a lawyer.

He says the contract paid the family $2,000 per episode and didn’t pay the eight children. Heller says the network also failed to obtain child work permits. A TLC spokeswoman says the network won’t comment.

‘DJ AM’ estate sues for wrongful death

Los Angeles — Court documents say the estate of Adam “DJ AM” Goldstein is suing several defendants for wrongful death.

Goldstein sustained serious injuries in a plane crash in September 2008 in South Carolina and later died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs and cocaine in August in New York.

Before his death, Goldstein filed a negligence and breach of contract lawsuit.

The amended complaint filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court names several defendants, including Clay Lacy Aviation and Learjet Inc.

The 26-year-old Goldstein was known for his disc jockey skills and his relationships with actress-singer Mandy Moore and reality TV star Nicole Richie.

Attorneys for Clay Lacy Aviation did not respond to a request for comment. A message left with a lawyer for Learjet was not immediately returned.

Struggling studio MGM looking for buyer

Los Angeles — Struggling movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. is looking for a buyer.

The home of the James Bond and Pink Panther franchises said Friday that it has begun to explore strategic options.

Those options included “a potential sale of the company.”

In a statement, MGM also said its lenders have agreed to grant the company another brief respite until the end of January from interest payments on nearly $4 billion in debt.

The studio owes $3.7 billion to a total 140 lenders in the form of bonds maturing in mid-2012.


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