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Legal Experts On Wellsville Man's Claim About Owning 50% Of Facebook

7:03 PM, Nov 28, 2012   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - Legal experts in Buffalo say that the number of lawyers who dropped Paul Ceglia in his case against Facebook should have sent out red flags about the merits on Ceglia's case.

Ceglia, of Wellsville, filed suit against Facebook found Mark Zuckerberg claiming that Zuckerberg promised him 50% of the company in return for work Ceglia did for Zuckerberg when Zuckerberg was a student at Harvard in 2003.

Earlier this week, Ceglia was indicted by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and charged with fraud and manufacturing evidence in the case.

On Wednesday, Ceglia went before a judge in Manhattan and plead not guilty to criminal charges he faked evidence in his case against Facebook.

Ceglia has gone through at least five different sets of attorneys, including prominent Buffalo attorneys Terry Connors and Dennis Vacco, since he filed his lawsuit against Zuckerberg in 2010.

Attorney Paul Cambria: "When you see some of the prominent lawyers from Buffalo who have bowed out of the case, there's a reason for that."

Former U.B. Law School Dean Nils Olsen: "It's highly unusual to go through four or five lawyers."

Those in the Buffalo legal community say it's no surprise that Facebook has vigorously defended itself against's Ceglia's claims.

Paul Cambria:"They have to do that, they have to take a tough stance, I know that we do that in the companies we represent. We fight them basically till the end, sometimes it takes years, sometimes it's the only way to discourage these types of lawsuits. If your reputation was as soon as you sue, them they'll throw some money at you to make you go away there would be a lot more people suing you."

Nils Olsen: "This does send a message that they will litigate extensively if sued. They're not just going to settle this as a nuisance suit."

In addition, Olsen says that with Ceglia now facing criminal charges, it will further discourage others from suing Facebook based on questionable claims.

Nils Olsen: "I think it's highly unlikely you'll see this sort of case again. Not only was it unsuccessful in federal court, but it led to an federal indictment, which is very serious."

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