Remember Paul Ceglia, the guy in New York who sued Mark Zuckerberg last summer claiming that Zuck had agreed to give him a 50 percent ownership share in Facebook?
He’s back with proof, and it’s pretty startling.
Previously, Ceglia produced what he claimed was a copy of the contract he and Mark Zuckerberg signed covering two projects on which they were collaborating…a Ceglia project entitled “StreetFax” and a Zuckerberg project called “The Face Book”.
When last year’s lawsuit and the alleged contract made the rounds last summer, Facebook dismissed the whole thing as nothing more than a fabrication.
Facebook officials admitted that the StreetFax part of the contract was authentic but added that the rest of it have been doctored to include mention of “The Face Book”.
Paul Ceglia has now refiled his lawsuit, though, with a bigger law firm and with a lot more evidence.
Ceglia now has in his possession several emails between himself and Mark Zuckerberg from July 2003 to July 2004, the year in which Facebook was born.
In these emails, Zuckerberg and Ceglia discuss the origins of “The Face Book” project in great detail. They go over how Ceglia will fund the project and how Zuckerberg had met with some upperclassmen (the Winklevoss Twins…who have been forced to move on from the Facebook case) and how Zuck is “stalling” them.
They go on to mention how Mark Zuckerberg failed to finish the “Face Book” project on time, but eventually we get to the point in time where Facebook was actually brought online.
The emails then reveal that Zuckerberg told Paul Ceglia that the new site was not doing very well, in fact, Mark says he was thinking of shutting it down entirely.
Then, in the summer of 2004, Zuckerberg offers to send Ceglia his $2,000 of initial funding back. It was actually at this time that Mark Zuckerberg had moved to California to continue to raise capital for Facebook.
Ceglia says that most of the emails were lies, as it’s been well documented that Facebook took off like a rocket practically from day one. He argues that, as per the original contract, he’s entitled to an equal share of Zuckerberg’s ownership in the corporation.
Paul Ceglia is also now armed with a more powerful law firm than the one he used last summer. That firm is DLA Piper, a major international law firm that specializes in tech companies.
DLA Piper took Ceglia’s case only after performing several week of due diligence to verify that his claims were valid. They now say that they’ve done an electronic analysis of the contract Ceglia provided and they’re confident that it hasn’t been doctored in any way, shape, or form.
DLA Piper adds that the lawsuit is well within the New York statute of limitations, which is 6 years from the breach of contract, given that it was originally filed in 2010.
So what does all this mean? Nothing, just yet, but Ceglia does seem to have a solid case and solid evidence to back it up.
Take a look at some of the evidence below and decide for yourself. Do YOU think Paul Ceglia has a solid case?
- Paul Ceglia Returns To Haunt Zuckerberg, This Time With More Alleged Email Evidence (techcrunch.com)
- Another Facebook co-founder shows new evidence of alleged Zuckerberg fraud (venturebeat.com)
- The Guy Who Says He Owns 50% Of Facebook Just Filed A Boatload Of New Evidence — And It’s Breathtaking (businessinsider.com)