The story of Paul Ceglia, who claims that he owns half of Facebook, will not die. Ceglia was arrested last week on suspicion of mail fraud and wire fraud. He has gone through seven attorneys while fighting Facebook, and the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Ceglia’s eighth lawyer has walked out.
Daniel Ray Carter, a sheriff’s office employee in Virginia, filed a lawsuit after he was fired for liking the Facebook page of his employer’s competitor, and he gained some key support in court. Facebook filed a motion in the United States Court of Appeals, saying that likes should be protected by the First Amendment.
Soon, Facebook users may be able to share information about what they’ve seen on Netflix. After a Vermont legislator filed an amendment Wednesday to a 1988 law, data about what movies are being watched can be shared, if the changes are approved.
The case in which five Facebook members sued the company for violating their privacy rights with sponsored stories has taken an odd twist. Not long ago, Facebook agreed to settle the case, donating $10 million to charity. That settlement needed approval from a San Jose, Calif., judge, who recused herself from the case Wednesday. She gave no reason for her decision.
After initially settling a class-action lawsuit regarding sponsored stories for $10 million, Facebook said it will make some changes and give users more control over how their personal information is used in the ad feature. These changes could deal a big hit to the social network’s pocketbook.
Aaron Greenspan, Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmate who previously claimed that he came up with the original idea for Facebook, is back in court, but this time his target is Columbia Pictures. Greenspan filed a lawsuit against The Social Network film studio, claiming defamation by omission, but his case was dismissed. Apparently, he appealed to the First Circuit recently, according to law blog Above the Law.
Courts all over the world have been dealing with the strange but growing trend of serving lawsuits via Facebook. Now, a New York lawyer believes that it might soon be legal in the United States to serve someone over the social network.
Facebook scored another win in the ongoing suit with the alleged fraudster Paul Ceglia.
A juror and an aquitted defendant, who decided to chat via Facebook about a drug and corruption trial last August, were found guilty of contempt of court. The case just might be the U.K.’s first prosecution for contempt of court involving social media.
A Zimbabwean man was jailed after he posted a message on the Prime Minister’s Facebook page calling for social change.