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BREAKING NEWS: Octo-Mom Loses Court Battle In Guardianship Case

Aug. 21 2009, Published 6:48 a.m. ET

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Nadya Suleman, also known as the Octo-Mom, is still staving off attempts to maintain full control of her children and their estate. On Friday, a judge denied Suleman’s petition to block any outside guardians to oversee her children’s finances and invited the Department of Social Services to conduct an investigation into the matter.

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Suleman had been criticized in a lawsuit filed by attorney Gloria Allred for potentially exploiting her octuples (she has six other children as well) for financial gain. Suleman responded by alleging that the party suing her is using the issue to promote themselves.

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The battle continues: on October 29, the Department of Social Services is expected to file a report giving a recommendation regarding the guardianship of the children’s estate.

"We are very happy that the court has upheld the law and allowed us to proceed with our case and our efforts to protect Nadya Suleman’s octuplets. Nadya Suleman’s attorneys attempted to dismiss our case but failed in their efforts. Although it is a victory for us, it is more importantly a victory for Nadya Suleman’s octuplets," Allred said in a statement.

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"We are also very pleased that the court has invited the Department of Social Services to conduct an investigation and file a report and recommendation to the court. It appears to us that the court wants to be sure that the children’s interests are protected."

"Our client Paul Petersen’s paramount concern is the best interests of the children. We look forward to our next date in court on this matter."



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