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Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Octomom Nadya Suleman

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KTLA: A California appeals court ruled in favor of "Octomom" Nadya Suleman Friday, denying a call for an independent guardian to oversee the financial interests of her children.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana called the petition an "unprecedented, meritless effort by a stranger," and ordered an Orange County probate court to vacate its order for an investigation into Suleman's finances.

Paul Petersen, a former child actor and president of the child actor advocacy group "A Minor Consideration," had argued that Suleman's children were vulnerable and an independent guardian should be appointed to oversee their finances.

Celebrity attorney Gloria Allred represented Petersen, saying that Suleman's children deserved an independent guardian as Suleman put them under the spotlight of money-making reality television, including a mini- documentary.

An Orange County judge ruled earlier this year that the advocacy group for child actors could move forward with its effort to have a guardian appointed.

The appeals court said Friday that the probate judge erred because Petersen failed to show that Suleman was engaging in financial misconduct.

Last year, Fox aired a special titled "Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage," which showed Suleman's daily life with her 14 children.

The 34-year-old Suleman had six other children when she delivered octuplets on Jan. 26, 2009. All of Suleman's children were the product of in-vitro fertilization.

Suleman said previously that she used money from Social Security disability payments to pay for in-vitro fertilization. Before giving birth to the octuplets, the single, unemployed mother had been caring for her six other children with the help of food stamps and disability payments.

The documentary consisted of footage shot by, which has had full access to Suleman since last March, when she brought the first two of her octuplets home to her La Habra residence.

The cameras followed Suleman into the delivery room, where the photographer continuously got in the way of the hospital staff.

They also showed interviews with her mother, who criticized her daughter for her decisions to have so many children -- and raise them without a father. Suleman's mother called Nadya "sneaky" and said her daughter hid from her the fact that she had undergone the in-vitro procedures.

The cameras also followed Suleman to a tattoo parlor, where she was inked in honor of her 14 children.

When asked by her mother if she ever considered giving some of her kids up for adoption she snapped "absolutely not."

Suleman and her children will be the focus of an upcoming reality show.

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