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Jon Gosselin a no-show, but TLC hearing goes on

According to AP, Jon Gosselin failed to show in a Maryland courtroom today in his legal battle with TLC, the Silver Spring based cable channel that produced the defunct reality TV series "Jon & Kate Plus 8."

The report from the Associated Press says the hearing is being held without him this afternoon.

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Here's part of the AP report: "Gosselin's attorney, Mark Heller, had previously said the celebrity dad would attend Thursday's hearing in Maryland, but the hearing has started without him. The judge says Gosselin's lawyers don't plan to call witnesses."

UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Kippie is supplying us with courtroon updates from the hearing. Click to read them at the end of the post.

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Here's a link to the AP story.

UPDATES from the courtroom courtesy of Kippie:

UPDATE 2:29 pm EST: Lawyers for TLC are now introducing into evidence deposition transcripts.

Jon Gosselin's legal team is objecting.

Gosselin's attorney Peter Toumbekis states his objection over the deposition transcripts: "(Paul) Gaffney gave no notice to us that depositions were being taken to be remitted for this hearing.

To properly assess credibility of witness, you need to assess them personally."

Gaffney responds: "I believe they add knowledge of Jon Gosselin's intent to breach. It's useful testimony."

The judge responds: "But breach doesn't require intent. But if you could identify sections of the depositions that illustrate his intent to do harm, I'll receive those. But not the whole thing…. My intent is to resolve the issue today."

UPDATE 2:36 pm EST: TLC boss Edward Sabin has now finished his testimony.

UPDATE 2:30 pm EST: Jon Gosselin's attorney Peter Toumbekis begins questioning TLC boss Edward Sabin.

Toumbekis: "Is it true a trust was created for children after the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry began an investigation of Discovery?"

Sabin: "We hired a law firm to advise us on the inquiry the state had made."

Toumbekis: "Isn't it true Discovery has not set up a trust for the eight children?"

Sabin: "No"

Toumbekis: "I didn't think so. Isn't it true, Discovery hasn't provided a contract or a form of the contract to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor?"

Sabin: "I don't know. It is true the parents are responsible for payment to the children."

Toumbekis: "Isn't it true Discovery didn't file for any work permits or location permits?"

Sabin: "Yes, that is true."

UPDATE: Please check out the comments. Kippie posted several with a great running commentary that takes us right up to a recess and the judge's promise of a verdict by end of day.

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