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Octuplets' mother wins child labor case on appeal

August 7, 2009 |  9:30 am

An appeals court has sided with octuplets' mother Nadya Suleman in her legal battle with a former child star over whether Suleman's 14 children should have an independent guardian to protect their finances.

The 4th District Court of Appeal stayed a lower court ruling siding with former Disney Mouseketeer Paul Petersen, who had taken Suleman to court over the issue. Last month, an Orange County judge agreed to appoint a guardian to examine the finances of the children.

Petersen, who is now an advocate for children in the entertainment industry, had alleged that video shot of Suleman's children violates a law aimed at protecting child entertainers from overwork. The suit seeks to create an independent trust for the children. Suleman said there was no need for a guardian.

Suleman, who was already a mother of six, made headlines in January when she gave birth to eight more children. Radar Online and other media organizations have shot video of the children, and Suleman is going to be the focus of an upcoming reality TV show.

The appeallate court ruled Thursday.

-- Shelby Grad