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‘Martha Speaks’ author sues WGBH for cut of donations

The popular children’s public television series “Martha Speaks” follows the adventures of a lovable talking dog who learns new words. In a contentious new episode taking place off screen, the latest addition to Martha’s vocabulary is “lawsuit.”

Author and illustrator Susan Meddaugh, whose books inspired the TV show, is suing WGBH for a cut of the more than $20 million in donations the nonprofit PBS affiliate receives from its audience each year. Because WGBH uses “Martha Speaks” to solicit contributions, the station owes Meddaugh some of that money, the writer’s legal team argued in a complaint filed in Middlesex Superior Court.

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