Facebook’s lawyers are ready to close the bizarre case in which an upstate New York wood pellet salesman, Paul Ceglia, claimed to own half of the social network thanks to an old Craigslist gig. To sum up: Mr. Ceglia paid Mark Zuckerberg for some coding on a project of his that bore no resemblance to Facebook, but it was around the time that Facebook was invented. The court case has gone on for more than a year and Mr. Ceglia has burned through six legal teams and disappeared to Ireland, where he lived for a few years as a child and has some family.
Paul Ceglia’s fifth or sixth new legal counsel, depending on who’s counting, has a new tactic.
In papers filed in a federal court in Buffalo yesterday, Mr. Ceglia alleges that Mark Zuckerberg deleted emails pertinent to the case from his Harvard University after the judge issued a “litigation hold.”
the man who would have facebook
Today is the deadline for Paul Ceglia, former wood pellet salesman, minor real estate baron and internet entrepreneur, to turn over evidence in his lawsuit against Facebook, in which he claims a 2003 contract with Mark Zuckerberg entitles him to half the social network.