Paul Ceglia To Facebook: I Didn't Forge A Contract, You Did!
from the nice-try dept
We just wrote about how, during the discovery process in the lawsuit in which Paul Ceglia claims he only recently discovered a contract giving him more than 50% of Facebook, Facebook found an original contract with identical handwriting on it, that has nothing to do with Facebook, suggesting that Ceglia forged the contract at the center of the dispute.
Ceglia has now responded with the not-particularly-believable claim that he didn't forge the contract, but that Facebook forged that "original" document and placed it on his computer. Even better, he suspects that perhaps Mark Zuckerberg himself was the one who placed it there:
Ceglia’s main argument appears to be that the original “authentic contract” Facebook says it found is really just a Photoshopped image the company planted on his computer. He says he and his lawyers reportedly knew about it for some time and willingly handed it over to Facebook. He declares that his team will prove the image in question “has no authenticating properties whatsoever.”The rest of the article is pretty funny. As we've mentioned in the past, Ceglia has had trouble keeping lawyers, as most of his lawyers have ditched him after becoming more aware of the details of the case. That's generally a huge warning sign that the lawyers don't believe the client. In this article, Ceglia claims that he's looking for a more "collaborative" law firm, and is trying to open source his defense via a wiki (good luck with that). Nothing in the claims that Ceglia makes in this article make him sound any more credible. He's about to lose this lawsuit.
Ceglia speculates it could have been Zuckerberg himself, or the US law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe that may have done the alleged dirty work. He also says Facebook co-founder Eduardo Savrin accused Orrick of “conspiring with Zuckerberg to deprive him of his shares during his case.”