Anyone following the ill-fated lawsuit filed against Facebook and its co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, by Paul Ceglia, who claimed to be the co-owner of the social network until the alleged contract his case was based on was deemed a fraud, had to wonder what Ceglia’s lawyers were thinking when they agreed to represent him, especially in light of the fact that several lawyers dropped the case at one time or another. Facebook apparently wondered the same thing, as the company filed suit against several of Ceglia’s lawyers, including those from DLA Piper, claiming that those lawyers and firms knew Ceglia’s claims were bogus but pursued the case in hopes of reaching a large settlement.
The already sputtering lawsuit filed by Paul Ceglia, the man who claims to own one-half of Facebook, suffered another hit Wednesday, resulting in more strong language from already angered U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York Judge Leslie Foschio.
If Paul Ceglia has such a compelling case backing his assertion that he owns one-half of Facebook, why do law firms continue to flee? According to a source close to the trial, Milberg LLP, Peter Skivington, and Robert Calihan formally withdrew from the case Wednesday, marking a total of nine firms that have abandoned ship.
The latest court filings from Facebook claim that Ceglia directed his lawyers not to comply with an August 18 order requiring him to turn over emails, passwords and other electronic data.
This is the third time that a law firm representing Paul Ceglia’s claim to half of Facebook has dropped him as a client, and his newest attorney has a checkered past.