The latest man claiming a stake in Zuckerberg’s Facebook fortune, Paul Ceglia, says the social not-working behemoth has used underhand tactics in its legal defence.
Ceglia, who says he had a contract which would have made him a Facebook partner back in 2003, claims Facebook’s hired hands in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP were more than happy to include personal passwords in court documents.
The e-mail addresses and passwords were taken down from the public federal court filing and were allegedly later removed.
Bloomberg says Ceglia’s lawyers are outraged and are using the alleged privacy violations for leverage in the courts. “Counsel’s baffling misconduct resulted in Ceglia’s e-mail accounts being accessible to the world for 12 hours,” they claim in court papers. Now they are after both sanctions and attorney fees.
Facebook denies Ceglia has any rights to its vast, vast coffers, saying Zuckerberg agreed to work with something called StreetFax, a start-up, and that Facebook was not referenced anywhere. In turn, Facebook says Ceglia is engaging in fraud and isn’t entitled to any money.
Whether or not Ceglia has any right to Zuckerberg’s company, he is targeting a firm with very, very deep pockets.
Facebook, as a company, does not wear its heart on its sleeve. As the case continues, time will tell whether Ceglia is trying to turn a buck or if Facebook is more worried than it’s letting on.