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Facebook charging 'stratospheric' attorney fees, Paul Ceglia says

January 31, 2012 |  2:31 pm

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Paul Ceglia, fined last month for failing to turn over evidence in his case against Facebook, is protesting the "stratospheric" legal fees from Facebook's lawyers.

Ceglia, who contends he's entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook, said he should not have to pay as much as $716 an hour to Facebook's highest-billing partner.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio said last month that Ceglia must reimburse Facebook for legal fees it incurred in trying to get him to comply with a court order in the partnership dispute.

Ceglia's lawyer, Dean Boland, said in court papers that the fees are unjustified.

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.

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-- Jessica Guynn

Photo: The Facebook sign outside the company's new campus in Menlo Park, Calif. Credit:  David Paul Morris / Bloomberg 

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