Octomom's Reality Show May Get a Legal Smackdown

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Hold on there, Octomom; don't go preparing for your close-up just yet. 

Us Magazine reports that attorney Gloria Allred is launching legal proceedings against Nadya "Octomom" Suleman's upcoming reality TV show, on the grounds that it may violate numerous child-labor laws in California.

During a press conference on Monday, Allred—who initially represented a non-profit child-care agency that Octomom had been associated with—announced that she and child-advocacy group A Minor Consideration have filed a petition with the Orange County Superior Court to prevent Suleman from exploiting her mega-brood for commercial gain.

"Rather than chose to provide her children with a normal life, their mother, Nadya Suleman, has chosen to commercially exploit them," Allred said. "We believe that the babies are entitled to remuneration since most of the compensation appears to be use of their images."

Allred adds that Suleman is "potentially endangering the health, welfare and safety of children" by putting them to work in various projects, including the reality show.

The attorney says that the petition seeks to compel Suleman to appoint an independent guardian for the estate of the octuplets. Allred says she wants "to be sure that the babies receive their fair share of payment" and that their payments "be placed into separate accounts for them and preserved for them as required by law."

A hearing on the petition is scheduled for June 22.

It's no easy task, taking sides between Octomom and  Gloria Allred, but have your say in the comments section anyway: Who do you think should win in this case?



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  • carmell

    I think the difference between John and Kate and Octomom is that they had their kids naturally and I really feel they had their kids out of love. Octomom to me seems to be in it for the fame and money. I mean really keep the camera's out of your home that way people will stop judging how you raise them. Imean you go on T.V. showing your kids black eye and blame it ont he twins. Where were you when they were beating him up. Face it she needs help. It's like a daycare in that house and she's out of ratio. The woman needs help!!!!

  • jewell

    allred should win she is the only person trying to do anything.

  • bobbiewick

    "Why are Octomom's kids the only ones that violate labor laws?" Because Allred figures that she can make big bucks as a celebrity adoption lawyer -- which is most of what she does in her practice -- if Nadya is forced to give up her children. Allred needs to be disbarred.

  • drcuddy

    What about Jon & Kate plus Eight, and the Duggars? Why are Octomom's kids the only ones that violate labor laws?