Paul Ceglia sure has a talent for pissing people off. The latest: Federal Magistrate Leslie G. Foschio, who CNET says “sometimes used strong language” to explain why he dismissed five motions filed by Mr. Ceglia’s ever-evolving legal team.
The judge also gave Mr. Ceglia 10 days to convince him that Mr. Ceglia’s attempts to delay proceeding wouldn’t require further sanctions. (Mr. Ceglia was already ordered to reimburse Facebook more than $75,000 in legal fees back in February.)
A hearing is scheduled for today in the case of Paul Ceglia vs. Mark Elliot Zuckerberg and Facebook Inc., in which the deck seemed stacked against the hapless schemer who claims to own half the company based on an old contract. Mr. Ceglia’s profesh new legal team, which came on in the eleventh hour of a year-long case after several legal teams had departed, has asked the judge to let Mr. Ceglia continue with discovery while the court decides on Facebook’s motion to dismiss.
Mr. Ceglia’s legal team is particularly fond of the word “jury.”
“We have made a preliminary review of Facebook’s Motion, which attempts to have this matter ended before Facebook has to provide any discovery and before going to a jury,” Mr. Ceglia’s lawyers said in a statement. “Mr. Ceglia deserves his day in court, where the jury will resolve this dispute over the ownership of Facebook.”
Like many, we’d written off Paul Ceglia, the upstate New Yorker suing Mark Zuckerberg for a 50 percent ownership stake in Facebook.
He’s burned through so many legal teams that we’ve lost count. He made off for Ireland more than six months ago, shirking his court appearances. And, as one source put it, he may be “a nice guy, but prone to exaggeration.”
But now a reputable law firm with a track record of wins against major corporations has given Mr. Ceglia its vote of confidence—confidence that there is at least enough evidence to shake down Facebook for a tidy settlement as the company prepares for its IPO.