facebook
twitter
search
search

Lawsuit against Facebook to go forward

April 5, 2012 at 1:50 PM
| License Photo

BUFFALO, N.Y., April 5 (UPI) -- A Buffalo, N.Y., judge ruled a local man's lawsuit against Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg will proceed.

Paul Ceglia is suing Zuckerberg, alleging he has a contract which entitles him to half of Zuckerburg's share of Facebook, worth millions. Federal Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio ruled Wednesday the case will proceed with a focus on determining the authenticity of the contract.

Facebook's attorneys filed a motion to have the case dismissed, calling Ceglia "a fraud to the court." While Foschio considers the motion, Wednesday's ruling means Ceglia's legal team will have access to Facebook's findings pertaining to the contract's authenticity.

WGRZ-TV, Buffalo, N.Y., reported Ceglia has two months to prove the contract is not a fraud.

Orin Snyder, Facebook's lead attorney, released a statement in response to the ruling:

"We are very pleased with today's ruling. The Court denied Ceglia's request for broad discovery and continues to focus these proceedings solely on the question of Ceglia's criminal fraud. We welcome the opportunity to develop additional evidence of Ceglia's misconduct and look forward to having him held accountable."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Demand for mobile phones in North Korea means two per household
Islamic State re-captures part of key Kurdish-held border town in Syria
Volcanic eruption alerts authorities in Japan
Girl Scouts chapter returns $100K donation that excluded transgender girls
More than 1,000 prisoners, some al-Qaida, escape Yemeni prison