Jon Gosselin was a no-show at the beginning of a Thursday court hearing against TLC, the Associated Press reports.
His lawyer, Mark Heller, told reporters that he was busy with his eight children, and may arrive later in the afternoon.
TLC is asking a judge to bar Gosselin from making media appearances that it claims violate his exclusive contract with the network, which aired his former reality show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8."
Gosselin countersued TLC, claiming that he is entitled to earn a living as a media personality. He also accused TLC of violating Pennsylvania child labor laws by taping his children, who are all under 10 years old.
On Tuesday, Heller released a statement that said his client would be present in court for "what is shaping up to be the modern day battle of 'David & Goliath.'"
His lawyer said Gosselin "will, in his defense and that of his family, shoot the first fatal salvo right between the eyes of the multimedia, entertainment, conglomerate TLC/Discovery, taking it down and defeating the two prong attack initiated by Discovery against the Gosselins, seeking to seal the TLC-Gosselin contract from Public viewing and to compel Gosselin to adhere to the exclusivity provision of the doomed contract which violates Public Policy."
He calls Gosselin's contract "flawed.... especially in light of the fact that TLC/Discovery has discontinued the 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' television program."