Paul Ceglia is currently in the middle of a lawsuit against Facebook Inc. and Mark Zuckerberg. Ceglia claims to own half of Mark Zuckerberg’s equity in Facebook. The latest about Ceglia is that he has asked a judge to sanction Zuckerberg for allegedly destroying e-mail messages that are related to their dispute.
Ceglia said that Zuckerberg deleted e-mails from his Harvard University e-mail account after Ceglia filed the lawsuit and after Zuckerberg received a litigation hold. Ceglia claims that Zuckerberg signed a contract in 2003 that made them partners in Facebook. Ceglia claimed that he cut and pasted their correspondence into word processing documents.
?These filings by Ceglia and his latest lawyer are truly delusional,? stated Facebook and Zuckerberg’s lawyer Orin Snyder. ?These are the desperate acts of a man whose fraudulent lawsuit has now been fully exposed.?
Ceglia is seeking order that prohibits Facebook or Zuckerberg from disputing the authenticity of his e-mails. Ceglia has hired a new lawyer this month to deal with this lawsuit. This is his fourth lead counsel since filing the lawsuit.
Zuckerberg said he did sign a contract with Ceglia in 2003 when he was a freshman at Harvard University, but it was not for equity in Facebook. Zuckerberg said that it was for a project called StreetFax.com, a company that Ceglia was building at that time. Ceglia claims that the contract included a provision that gave him a partnership stake in Facebook in exchange for start-up money.
Facebook said that those e-mails were fabricated. Facebook said that computer experts found the genuine contract between Ceglia and Zuckerberg, which includes only the StreetFax work. That contract made no mention of Facebook at all.