Paul Ceglia Files Lawsuit Against Facebook Claiming To Own 84% Of The Company


Paul Ceglia has filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court of New York’s Allegany County on June 30. Ceglia claims that he signed a contract in 2003 with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He believes he is owed ownership and monetary damages.

Ceglia says he signed a contract with Zuckerberg on April 28, 2003 to develop and design a website for $1,000 plus a 50% stake in the website. He said he would also receive 1% in the business every day after January 1, 2004 until the website was completed.

A contract copy seen by The Wall Street Journal has the following statement: “for the purchase and design of a suitable website for the project Seller [Mr. Zuckerberg] has already initiated that is designed to offer the students of Harvard university [sic] access to a wesite [sic] similar to a live functioning yearbook with the working title of ‘The Face Book.’”

The date of this contract clashes with previous information about how Facebook was started. Mark Zuckerberg started a website called Facemash in October/November 2003 when he was attending Harvard. But he did not register the domain name thefacebook.com until January of 2004. Facebook is asking for this case to be transferred to federal court.

Paul Ceglia is in legal trouble himself too. New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo is suing Ceglia for defrauding customers. Ceglia runs a wood-pellet fuel company and the state claims that he took in over $200,000 from consumers, but failed to deliver any refunds or products.

Ceglia v. Facebook Motion for Dissolution

[WSJ]

Paul Ceglia Files Lawsuit Against Facebook Claiming To Own 84% Of The Company Comments

  1. Beth Mahoney says:

    Another person coming out saying that he is owed money. This stuff gets so old, Facebook is an empire and now this guy claims he is owed a huge piece of the business. Give me a break, I hope this case gets thrown out.

    • IgnorantPeople says:

      Who are you to say anything about this case? You would've done the same thing if you had a contract signed with Zuckerberg. Give ME a break.

      • newbedave says:

        Yes you did sign a contract zuckerberg In a email zuckerberg called paul ceglia a dum sucker david posted a copy to the crimsin post and the rumour spread that zuckerberg sign the contract so thank you for that and abc news have a copy of the email contact
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  2. YouTube Inventor says:

    Every time a dissenting view appears about one of these companies, some nobody comes on to say something juvenile about the person who is bringing the claims. I hope someday YOU get screwed by some industry big shot, so someone can come along to YOUR case and say "Shuddap twit!" … maybe then you'll realize how unsympathetic responses are completely frivolous. You're probably a sock-puppet of Zuckerberg's drunk Vice President. Living in a big mansion, Beth Mahoney? No? Then why defend other dolts who are? Do you think Zuckerberg is going to come calling for some Irish hiney?

  3. Amit Chowdhry says:

    If the guy actually has a signed document, I think he is owed at least some sort of compensation. A signed contract is still solid evidence in a court of law, but that is just my opinion.

  4. ActionMan says:

    I really hope this time Zuckerberg gets his ass kicked. The guy has too many creepy business practices (Oy Vey, Surprise, Surprise), and I have no doubt he stole the idea in the first place. Losing most of the company to this guy Ceglia would be priceless. Go Ceglia, Go!

  5. newbedave says:

    Yes you did sign a contract zuckerberg In a email zuckerberg called paul ceglia a dum sucker david posted a copy to the crimsin post and the rumour spread that zuckerberg sign the contract so thank you for that and abc news have a copy of the email

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