Facebook: Ceglia claims 'brazen and outrageous fraud'; Read the response

Summary:Facebook has replied to Paul Ceglia's claim that he owns 50 percent of the company due to emails swapped with CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2003. Not surprisingly the defendants think Ceglia is full of it. Will the court dismiss?

Facebook has replied to Paul Ceglia's claim that he owns 50 percent of the company due to emails swapped with CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2003. The upshot: Facebook denies every Ceglia claim and asks the court to dismiss the complaint.

Ceglia's initial complaint raised a splash and it's not surprising that Zuckerberg and Facebook want to shoot it down.

The opener:

This lawsuit is a brazen and outrageous fraud on the Court. Plaintiff is an inveterate scam artist whose misconduct extends across decades and borders. His latest and most far reaching fraud is the Amended Complaint filed in this action, which is based upon a doctored contract and fabricated evidence. Plaintiff alleges that he recently “discovered” a purported contract that now supposedly entitles him to ownership of 50 percent of Zuckerberg’s interest in Facebook. The purported contract was signed in 2003, yet Plaintiff waited until 2010 to file this action — a seven-year delay during which Plaintiff remained utterly silent while Facebook grew into one of the world’s best-known companies. Plaintiff has now come out of the woodwork seeking billions in damages.

Both Zuckerberg and Facebook deny "each and every" allegation made by Ceglia.

The biggest difference here is that Facebook acknowledges that it doesn't know if Ceglia's emails are real. Henry Blodget at Business Insider plays up that response, but the divergence makes sense. Both parties think Ceglia's emails are bogus, but as a corporation Facebook can't actually know what the deal with Zuckerberg and Ceglia was.

Here's the reply:

facebookreplytoceglia

And here's the original complaint: cegliavszuck

Topics: Social Enterprise

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