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Paul Ceglia's Facebook Lawsuit is a 'Shakedown,' Says Motion to Dismiss

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on December 15, 2011 5:48 AM

Paul Ceglia's Facebook lawsuit might finally be nearing its end. It appears that new evidence has surfaced which may demolish any chances that Ceglia's claims are true.

It seems that Ceglia might be lacking in a crucial area of his case: evidence.

Ceglia's suit alleges that he owns half of Facebook. Since the company is now valued at over $50 billion, the stakes are quite high.

Ceglia says that he hired Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2003. He says he gave Zuckerberg $1,000 to invest in the burgeoning startup for an ownership share. Facebook attorneys now say that experts have determined that the "contract" that Ceglia produced is not what it seems.

The contract was apparently written with ink that is less than two years old. If Ceglia's claims were true, the ink should have been at least eight years old.

Something doesn't quite add up. Facebook attorney Orin Snyder says that they think Ceglia tried methods (like baking the paper) to make the document appear older than it really is.

Now, Facebook is moving to dismiss the suit. They claim that Ceglia's claims were nothing more than a "shakedown." And that his entire goal was to goad Facebook into giving him a check.

Ceglia will have to come up with some great evidence to rebut Facebook's claims. And he's definitely tried. Ceglia's attorney, Dean Boland, said that his client has been trying to get the case moved forward. He denies that Ceglia has simply been trying to stall the case in order to bilk money from the social networking company, according to Fox News.

Boland also claims that Facebook is the one caused discoloration on the original contract by exposing the document to ultraviolet light. A court will have to decide who's right.

Facebook attorneys say they are going to move to dismiss Paul Ceglia's lawsuit sometime next year.

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