Facebook fighting NY man’s lawsuit claims part ownership of social networking siteBy AP
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
NY man’s Facebook ownership claim lands in court
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Lawyers for Facebook say they will ask a judge to throw out a New York man’s claim that he’s entitled to majority ownership of the social networking site.
Paul Ceglia (SEG’-lee-uh), of Wellsville, N.Y., says he has a 2003 contract signed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Ceglia says the contract shows that he hired Zuckerberg to develop a street-mapping website for him and at the same time invested $1,000 in the fledgling social networking site.
The lawsuit brought Facebook attorneys to federal court in Buffalo, where they told a judge Tuesday that they have questions about the contract and intend to file a motion to dismiss.
Ceglia’s lawyers say the contract is clear.