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Friday, November 20, 2009

Jon & Kate -- But Wait!! It's a Different Kate!

Jon It is very hard to keep up with all the law suits swirling around the celebrated parents, Jon, at left, & Kate.  And it's probably not worth trying to do so, but an image of a handwritten contract is simply too good to pass up.  So, here it is, courtesy of the good people at  In the document, Jon Gosselin appears to pledge to hire Kate Major as his "personal assistant."  She would be compensated with "a percentage of accounts for payment based upon involvement."  Ms. Major, aka Kate 2.0, is suing Jon Gosselin for breach.  Octodad Jon's attorney proclaims that the other Kate's lawsuit is nonsense.  You can read about it here.  

According to the New York Daily News, the written agreement also included a pledge by Kate 2.0, that she and Jon would not comment publicly about their relationship. Both seem to have breached that part of the deal, but their accounts differ as to the nature of their relationship.  Kate 2.0 also provides additional details of oral promises that Jon made to her.  None of the websites visited by the author had any information about whether the parol evidence rule might apply, nor do they address the existence of a no-oral-modifications clause in the handwritten agreement.

[Jeremy Telman]

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