U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio will hold a hearing Tuesday in Buffalo, N.Y., to consider the request by Ohio-based attorney Dean Boland (pictured) to withdraw from the rapidly sinking case of Paul Ceglia, the man who sued Facebook and Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, claiming that a 2003 contract with Zuckerberg entitled him to one-half of the social network.
AP reported that Boland has not made a public statement on why he wants to withdraw from the case, but he did say in a court filing in late October:
As this court knows, this case and its pleadings are widely followed in the media. Therefore, the undersigned feels it is important to emphasize in the strongest terms possible that the reasons underlying this request, provided to the court for its review, have nothing to do with any belief by the undersigned that plaintiff is engaged in now or has been engaged in during the past fraud regarding this case. The personal reasons for this request are contained in the in camera communication provided to this court and will be served by regular U.S. mail upon Mr. Ceglia once the mailing address for his current detention location is determined.
The “current detention location” refers to time served by Ceglia earlier this month when he was arrested and charged with one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud.
Boland would join a long list of lawyers and law firms that have abandoned Ceglia’s case, which appears weaker with every court action.
According to AP, Facebook will not oppose the withdrawal motion by Boland as long as its efforts to dismiss the lawsuit by Ceglia are not delayed.
Readers: Can you believe this case is still going on?