Jon Gosselin Suing TLC For $5 Million, Publicity

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Jon Gosselin, who was recently sued by TLC for breach of contract, is retaliating against the cable network that employs him with a $5 million lawsuit of his own.

TLC sued Jon after he barred the network from filming his kids, saying the show is harmful to them (after they cut him out and renamed the show Kate Plus 8).

That position is a reversal from late July, when Kate's brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Jodi Kreider, claimed the reality show was harming the Gosselin kids.

Jon said then that such claims were ridiculous and his kids loved the show.

In his lawsuit, Jon is likely to argue that TLC is preventing him from earning a living with a contract that is too restrictive. He wants out of that thing bad.

However, in its own court filing, TLC noted that it offered to keep paying Jon when it planned to change the show from Jon & Kate Plus 8 to Kate Plus 8.

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The network's initial breach of contract suit against Jon alleges the father of eight violated his contract with unauthorized business deals and interviews.

TLC also contends that Jon is legally able to go back to his former job in IT. Well, okay, sure. But what about a real living as a semi-famous douchebag?

Gosselin's lawyers Mike and Mark Heller are also likely to argue that their client lacked sufficient legal representation when he signed his contract with TLC.

The breach of contract suit gets underway in a Maryland court on Monday, December 14, when Jon Gosselin faces a preliminary injunction hearing.

Along with his on-and-off girlfriend Hailey Glassman, one-time date Kate Major and former pal Michael Lohan, Gosselin himself will be forced to testify.

Somebody's gotta ask him about those hair plugs.

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