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Federal judge rejects Paul Ceglia's request for delay in Facebook case

August 29, 2011 | 12:31 pm


Facebook is portraying Paul Ceglia as a desperate man whose legal house of cards is crashing around him.

And Ceglia is running out of time to make his case that he's entitled to half of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in the world's most popular social networking company.

A federal judge has ordered the New York state man to produce five computer thumb drives by Monday, rejecting his request for a delay. The thumb drives reportedly contain important information about Ceglia’s claim to a stake in Facebook.

Jeffrey Lake, Ceglia's attorney from San Diego, told the court this month that Ceglia could not find the drives. Lake could not immediately be reached for comment.

Attorneys for Facebook say Ceglia made up the claim that he has a contract signed with Zuckerberg when he was a Harvard student in 2003 that makes him a part owner of the company.

Ceglia recently traveled to Ireland but no one seems to know for sure his current whereabouts.


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Photo: Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, attends the Allen & Co. media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, in July. Credit: Matthew Staver / Bloomberg