Facebook Slams Man Who Claims Ownership

Facebook on Thursday answered the New York wood pellet salesman who claims he owns a good part of Facebook. And it doesn’t mince words.On the heels of the Winklevoss twins, who have claimed for years that they came up with the idea for Facebook, Paul Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman with a history of run-ins with law enforcement authorities, said that a 2003 contract with Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, entitled him to half of Mr. Zuckerberg’s stake in the company (Forbes recently pegged that stake at $13.5 billion.) Last month, Mr. Ceglia produced an amended complaint that included excerpts from purported e-mail exchanges between him and Mr. Zuckerberg that he said proved the merits of his claim.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/26/facebook-slams-n-y-man-who-claims-to-own-half-of-zuckerbergs-shares/Also see:Facebook, Zuckerberg say ownership suit a “fraud”
Calling the case a “brazen and outrageous fraud,” Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg urged a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a New York man claiming he owns a huge stake in the social networking website.In a filing Thursday with the U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York, Facebook Inc and Zuckerberg said the lawsuit by Paul Ceglia is based on a “doctored contract and fabricated evidence.” They also called the plaintiff “an inveterate scam artist whose misconduct extends across decades and borders.”

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