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Not long ago, Paul Ceglia was grabbing attention with a tale about a contract he said he had signed with Mark Zuckerberg that entitled him t…

Paul Ceglia Ireland
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Not long ago, Paul Ceglia was grabbing attention with a tale about a contract he said he had signed with Mark Zuckerberg that entitled him to 84% of Facebook. Now Ceglia is AWOL in Ireland, and his lawyers are asking a judge not to spank them for misbehavior.

The latest in the Ceglia case comes via a court filing last Friday that appears to mark the denouement to a story of Facebook riches that for months tantalized the media and even a major law firm.

If you missed it, Ceglia is a small-town huckster who engaged in a wood pellet scam that led to charges in 2009 and a warning from the current governor of New York to steer clear of him. The next year, Ceglia reinvented himself as an honest man wronged by Mark Zuckerberg. He claimed to have given Zuckerberg $1,000 in 2003 in exchange for a large share of Facebook and — better yet — he had a contract to prove it.

The media could not resist a storyline seemingly ripped from The Social Network, and neither could an illustrious global law firm. Apparently undeterred by the hopeless case of the Winklevii (since reduced to performing pistachio commercials), the DLA Piper firm gave Ceglia newfound credibility by taking up his case last spring. But, as explained in a merry account by a popular legal blog, the firm and Ceglia abruptly parted ways a short time later.

The case came unraveled once and for all this August when a forensic analysis of Ceglia’s computers unearthed an apparent smoking gun — one that pointed to Ceglia. Shortly after, the would-be owner of the social network decamped to Ireland, possibly fearing that a a ticked-off Facebook would level criminal fraud charges. Ceglia’s remaining lawyers are now left to pick up the pieces of the legal mess.

In a filing late last week, the lawyers asked the court not to hit them with sanctions for failing to produce evidence. Part of their explanation is that Ceglia refused to comply with the court’s instructions. Ceglia and his lawyers have not formally thrown in the towel in the case and are still accusing Facebook of bad behavior. But it’s never a good sign when the plaintiff in a case skips the country, and lawyers are blaming their own client.

In the end, the Ceglia saga is looking less like The Social Network than a cautionary tale for lawyers about taking on clients with shady backgrounds.

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  1. what people talk about when they talk about
    Facebook is maybe a kid in college had an idea and all of a sudden it became
    this big business and the reality is it couldn’t be further from the
    truth…
    THIS IS THE STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

    MARK
    ZUCKERBERG STEALS THE IDEA FACE-MASH

    FACE-SMASH BITCH

    It all started when DAVID was logged in to the Harvard website,(2003) where I
    was listening in to the conversations of the Harvard students. One of these
    students was Mark Zuckerberg who was talking about Face Smash and he had just
    broken up with his girlfriend at the time, so I struck up a conversation with
    this Mark Zuckerberg. He was talking about creating a dating site. I thought
    this was a bit odd – a pie in the sky idea since he had just broken up with his
    girlfriend and he was slaging her off – calling her a bitch and a whore.dave
    talked to Mark about the idea, and suggested he call it Face Mash. He was
    intrigued with my suggestion and thought it was a good idea. Mark wanted to call
    it Face Smash, because he wanted to smash his ex in the face. I convinced him
    that Face Mash was a good idea and he agreed, but one week later he changed his
    mind and wanted to call it Face Smash. When I queried him about this he replied
    ‘f…. off you c…- I’m calling it Face Smash’. Two weeks after this conversation
    he came up with the name Mashable and when I asked him why he chose the word
    Mashable instead of Face Mash he said ‘f,…off you bastard, Face mash is not your
    idea’. So I re-posted the conversations we had two weeks earlier and he had to
    apologize and said he was going with Mashable. I took this as a sign that he
    wanted to throw me off the scent and take the site for himself. dave found the
    character of Mark Zuckerberg to be deceptive and dishonest and ended conversing
    with Mark Zuckerberg because of his dishonesty and lack of
    integrityDAVID DUSTIN + CHRIS THE ORIGIN OF FACEBOOK

    After this dave started conversing with Dustin and Chris about an idea of
    mine called Facebook for an online service where students can post pictures and
    information on themselves and use it as a directory . and Eduardo Saverin was invited in to the idea
    facebookTHE PLATFORM

    So we needed a platform dave made contact with paul ceglia and was in
    discussion about a platform for my idea the facebookbut zuckerberg made
    contact to paul ceglia to steal the idea facebook ‘paul ceglia had no legal
    right to sell the the platform to mark zuckerberg but zuckerberg new what he was
    doing when he sign the contractAND ON APRIL 2003 ZUCKERBERG sign the
    contract with PAUL CEGLIA to steal the idea facebookCAMERON AND TAYLOR
    WINKLEVOSS

    dave found a site at Harvard called Harvard Connect (later, in 2004 changed
    to Harvard Connect To You) run by Cameron and Taylor Winklevoss, and dave
    explained everything about Facebook and the dealings with Zuckerberg, Dustin and
    Chris and how dave believed that Zuckerberg was in the process of stealing david
    idea, and dave asked if the Winklevosses were interested in running Facebook on
    the Harvard siteDAVID found out later on that the winklevoss contacted
    mark zuckerberg ; the WINKLEVOSS new that zuckerberg stole the idea facebook and
    fb was not there idea or zuck ; and zuckerberg sewed over the winklevoss. the
    winklevoss then contacted WAYNE CHANG and sold of the idea facebook my god how
    dumb can you get .all the winklevoss had to do was go hire a team of programmers
    or learn to program on their own . DIVYA NARENDRA contacted david and told david
    that the winklevoss contacted WAYNE CHANG and sold of the idea facebook with
    out telling david.david contacted WAYNE CHANG ‘ about this and WAYNE
    CHANG contacted the WINKLEVOSS and they went into denial about DAVID and the
    idea facebook; you see FACEBOOK was david idea ; so david sent copes of the
    EMAILS to WAYNE CHANG about the WINKLEVOSS and MARK ZUCKERBERG .the
    winklevoss had to ACKNOWLEDGE that the idea of facebook was david idea. WHEN
    DAVID SENT COPYS OF THE EMAILS to wayne chang.YOU got backstabbed.”!!? WAYNE
    CHANG. A CORP was organized by THE WINKLEVOSS + EDUARDO SAVERIN + CHRIS
    + NARENDRA and DAVID to over throw MARK
    ZUCERBERG from facebook ; The idea facebook was not zuckerberg IDEA; and the
    winklevoss did a double-cross and went with zuck . and zuckerberg fuck over the
    winklevvoss; And the winklevoss used the information to extort money out of
    zuckerberg by extortion . but the idea facebook was not the winklevoss idea and
    was not mark zuckerberg idea and you now itDUSTIN + CHRIS THE ORIGIN OF
    FACEBOOKDustin and Chris became co -founders of a stolen idea facebook ;
    they new the idea facebook was stolen ;and Saverin got duped out of
    facebook.but the question is why chris doesn’t even mention eduardo
    A lawsuit filed by Eduardo Saverin against Facebook and Zuckerberg
    was settled out of court. Though terms of the settlement were sealed, the
    company affirmed Saverin’s title as co-founder of Facebook. Saverin signed a
    non-disclosure contract after the settlement.WAS it a non-disclosure about
    the truth; tell the TRUTH EDUARDO SAVERIN SEAN ELDRIDGE + CHRIS HOW THEY
    MET AND FELL IN LOVEdavid contacted freedom to marry in
    order to contact chris ; david new chris was gay david sent a copy of all the
    e-mail to freedom to marry and
    SEAN ELDRIDGE agreed to contact chris. 2005 OR
    2006 THE EMAILS about how zuckerberg stole facebook ; sean eldridge nows the
    FULL story of how zuckerberg stole facebook,Michale McKibben
    said several years ago Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ripped off the
    programming code his company developed, this is true zuck stole the
    programming code. and then stole the idea facebook.Zuckerberg got the
    code from McKibben who was going to Harvard. THIS IS TRUE: ZUCKERBERG GOT THE CODE FOR STREET FAX FROM
    A FRIEND AT HARVARD and then used the cod for the stolen idea facebook the
    winklevoss say that zuckerberg stole there cod FOR FACEBOOK this is bull shit;
    and the idea facebook was not the winklevoss idea
    LISA SIMPSON
    GOT A COURT-ORDER TO SEE TWO video disk lisa simpson was made a were of the
    fact that ZUCKERBERG had sign a contract to PAUL CEGLIA years a go ‘and was a
    where that on a VIDEO DISK ZUCKERBERG openly admitted ;saying that facebook was
    not his idea . PAUL ARGENTIERI has a copy of this video disk and Tony Merchant
    LAW
    have a copy of this video disk to THE E-MAILS David copy
    all the e-mails on to the Harvard crimson server !! at Harvard UVAaron .
    Greenspan says that while he was a student at Harvard, he came up with the idea
    for Facebook but you new the idea facebook was stolen and the settlement was to
    shut your mouth $$$$$$$$

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