Paul Ceglia’s suit claiming he’s entitled to a multibillion-dollar share of Facebook Inc. was thrown out by a federal judge in Buffalo, New York, who called the document meant to back the claim “a fabrication.”
Paul Ceglia, the man who claims he’s entitled to half of Facebook Inc., lost a bid to throw out charges he faked a contract, destroyed evidence and created phony e-mails in a suit against the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
Paul Ceglia, the New York man who claims a 2003 contract entitles him to half the holdings of Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg, lost his third legal team after allegedly telling them to violate a court order.
Facebook Inc. and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg asked a court to order Paul Ceglia , the New York man who claims half of Zuckerberg’s holdings, to turn over the original contract and e-mails on which he bases his suit, saying the steps are needed to short-circuit a fraud on the court.
Paul Ceglia, who says that a 2003 contract entitles him to half the Facebook Inc. holdings of the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, showed no deception on a polygraph test about his claim last week, his lawyers said in a court filing.
Facebook Inc. cofounder Mark Zuckerberg threatened in 2004 to disable part of the website he was working on for Paul Ceglia, the New York man now suing him for part-ownership of the multibillion-dollar company, according to copies of e-mails filed by Facebook in federal court.
A western New York man who claims a 2003 contract with Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg made him a partner in the company must turn over the original contract and e-mails he claims support his case, a judge said.
Facebook Inc. said it is willing to produce more than 175 e-mails between co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Paul Ceglia, the New York man who claims half of Zuckerberg’s Facebook holdings, only after Ceglia turns over the original contract and e-mails on which he bases his lawsuit.