Social network company Facebook said that they have the “smoking gun” evidence they need that proves Paul Ceglia faked the document that claims he has a major equity ownership in the company. Ceglia claims that he owns 84% of Facebook based on a 2003 contract that he made with Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio in Buffalo, New York ordered Ceglia to hand over computers, hard drives, and storage media for forensic tests along with the contract and e-mails that demonstrates his ownership.
“Defendants have uncovered smoking-gun evidence that the purported contract at the heart of this case is a fabrication,” said Facebook in a statement. “[Ceglia] does not want the public to know what was discovered on his computers,because it includes smoking-gun documents that conclusively establish that he fabricated the purported contract and that this entire lawsuit is a fraud and a lie.”
Facebook was already confident that they had substantial evidence that Ceglia’s contract was a fake, which included inconsistent margin and font sizes. Currently the evidence is designated as “confidential,” but Facebook wants the new evidence to be made public. Another hearing will take place on August 17. Late last month, I wrote a blog post about how Ceglia’s lawyers were dropping left and right.