Lawyers abandon Facebook "owner"

The lawyers representing the New York wood pellet salesman who claims Mark Zuckerberg awarded him half of Facebook have quit the case.

Paul Ceglia had two firms working on the case including global law firm DLA Piper. Both have said they are not working on the case any more and are muttering something about client confidentially arrangements for not saying why.

Dennis Vacco, a former New York State attorney general, whose firm also represented Ceglia, declined to comment.

Ceglia sued Facebook last year, claiming that a contract he struck with Zuckerberg in 2003 entitled him to half the company.

Facebook alleged that Ceglia’s contract is a forgery and he is an “inveterate scam artist”.

Ceglia’s lawyers said he passed a polygraph test conducted to determine the veracity of the contract. While a wood pellet salesman claiming to own half of a huge company would not get much attention, the fact he was represented by DLA, a 4,200-attorney international law firm that commonly represents corporations, meant he was taken a bit more seriously.

According to AP, Ceglia will be represented by Jeffrey Lake. A representative for Lake, a San Diego attorney.