In a $5 million countersuit against the network that made him famous, Jon Gosselin says TLC has harmed his reputation and caused him to lose business opportunities, according to court papers obtained exclusively by RadarOnline.com.
In addition, Jon claims the network owes him $175,000.
Only RadarOnline.com has the court documents making their way through Maryland’s Montgomery County Circuit Court system and they confirm our world exclusive scoop that Jon was answering TLC’s lawsuit against him with one against the network!
The papers reveal that Jon was earning $22,500 per half hour episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 and $45,000 per hour-long episode, according to the terms of an April 29, 2008 contract.
His countersuit is filed as part of his response to TLC’s breach of contract lawsuit and the network’s request for a preliminary injunction, which is scheduled to be heard December 14.
Jon’s lawyer Mark Heller has enlisted the help of Maryland lawyer Christopher Hostage in the fight against TLC, which is represented by Williams & Connolly, widely regarded as one of the best law firms in the country.
Jon claims that his outside money-making ventures are legitimate and his contract with TLC is against Public Policy, rendering it null and void.
In his $5 million counterclaim against TLC, Jon’s lawyers claim TLC’s parent company, Discovery began contacting media outlets on August 9, 2009 to get them to stop dealing with Jon.
Jon’s lawyers say: “As a result of Plaintiff-Discovery’s conduct and actions, Defendant-Gosselin has suffered and will continue to suffer harm to his reputation, lost business opportunities, lost profits, and other consequential damages, such as, but not limited to, a loss of good will and name recognition.”
Meanwhile, Paul Gaffney, the lead attorney for Williams & Connolly, has won several court motions allowing him to depose various people close to Jon, including girlfriend Hailey Glassman, Jon’s bodyguard, his Team of Hellers and Michael Lohan.
While Jon contends that TLC’s contract is unlawfully restrictive and prevents him from earning a living, TLC alleges Jon breached their contract and would still be receiving a paycheck from the network if he had not decided to compete with it.
RadarOnline.com exclusively reported Wednesday that Jon charges the network with violating Pennsylvania child labor laws and taking advantage of the Gosselins, who negotiated their first (of several) contracts without a lawyer or manager. Those court papers are available only on RadarOnliine.com, although they were briefly “lifted” by another site, which decided to remove them after a phone call from RadarOnline.com’s lawyers!
We’ll just chalk it up to the whole situation causing…