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Facebook claimant Paul Ceglia returns to U.S. to press his case


Paul Ceglia is stateside again.

The New York state man embroiled in a contentious lawsuit with Facebook showed up Friday in the offices of his hometown newspaper, the Wellsville Daily Reporter reported.

Ceglia, who claims a 2003 partnership agreement entitles him to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook, sounded confident, according to the report.

"I'm back," he proclaimed. "It's off to find some important USB devices and memory sticks."

The federal judge in the case ordered Ceglia to return from Ireland last week to search for missing evidence.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio made the decision after a three-hour hearing on Wednesday. 

Ceglia's lawyer, Dean Bolan, said last week that his client welcomed the opportunity to push the case forward.

"We are thankful for a precise and detailed order going to finally wrap up the case," Bolan said.


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-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: Mark Zuckerberg unveils a new product at Facebook's Palo Alto headquarters in August 2010. Photo: Robert Galbraith / Reuters 

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