Judge tosses man’s claim of ownership of Facebook
BUFFALO, New York (AP) — A federal judge has officially closed the book on a New York man’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming half-ownership of Facebook.
Judge Richard Arcara has granted Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s motion to dismiss Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit.
Last week’s ruling affirms a magistrate judge’s recommendation from a year ago saying the lawsuit should be thrown out because the contract Ceglia based it on was faked.
Ceglia claimed he and Zuckerberg signed a 2003 software development contract that included a provision entitling him to half-ownership of Facebook in exchange for startup money for the budding company.
Facebook lawyers say the two had a contract but references to Facebook were slipped in for the lawsuit.
Ceglia awaits trial on related criminal fraud charges. He has pleaded not guilty.