The Facebook Lawsuit: A Look at the Documents

Published on April 12, 2011
by Jennifer Valentino-DeVries

So, remember last year when that guy came out of nowhere and sued Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he owned 84 percent of the social-networking company?

Well, he’s back. And he has emails.

Paul Ceglia, the plaintiff, filed an amended complaint Monday claiming rights to half of Mr. Zuckerberg’s equity in the company. For those of you keeping score at home, Mr. Zuckerberg’s net worth has been estimated at more than $13.5 billion.

Facebook is categorically denying the accusations, saying the emails are part of a fraud and casting doubt on Mr. Ceglia, who was accused by the New York attorney general in 2009 of defrauding customers of his wood-pellet fuel company.

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