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Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman trying to end new legal dispute over children

July 22, 2009 |  7:51 am

Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman is hoping to put an end to a legal battle involving video shoots of her 14 children.

A child-labor activist has filed suit against Suleman in Orange County Superior Court, alleging that video shot of her children violates a law aimed at protecting child entertainers from overwork. The suit seeks to create an independent trust for the children.

But Suleman has filed court papers in Santa Ana seeking to throw out the lawsuit. A judge will decide at some later point whether to grant the dismissal request.

Suleman made headlines in January when she gave birth to eight children (in addition to six she already had). Radar Online and other media organizations have shot video of the children, and Suleman has been in discussions to be the focus of a reality TV show.

In a separate legal matter, state labor officials last month cited Radar Online for failure to obtain an entertainment permit, failure to have an entertainment permit on file, failure to have a studio teacher on site and allowing the babies to be available for filming beyond the hours allowed. The online website has been chronicling Suleman's life in recent months. The accusations involve one day of filming -- March 17 --  when the first two of Suleman's eight babies were brought home from the hospital to a media frenzy.

-- Shelby Grad