Came across this article and found it interesting. Looks like this man can't keep a lawyer after all the recent allegations.
NY MAN suing Facebook wants lawyer to stay
By CAROLYN THOMPSON
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York
man claiming part ownership of Facebook indicated Tuesday that his
lawyer wants off the case because he's received threats, but he opposed
the lawyer's motion to withdraw. "I appreciate the fear for his
own safety that he has and the threats that have been made against him,"
Paul Ceglia of Wellsville said during a telephone conference to
consider Ohio attorney Dean Boland's request to leave the case.
"Worse has happened to me," he said. He didn't elaborate.
But Ceglia said it would be hard
to find another attorney for his 2-year-old lawsuit, especially since
his arrest last month on criminal charges accusing him of doctoring and
destroying evidence to support his Facebook claim. He's pleaded not
guilty. Boland filed the request to
withdraw last month, a few days after Ceglia's arrest on federal
charges. He detailed his reasons in two private letters to the judge.
On Tuesday, Facebook attorney
Orin Snyder asked that Boland's reasons be made public to determine
whether "they might be overblown, exaggerated or worse."
The judge gave Boland until Dec. 4 to respond and said he'd rule on the request after that. Boland said he would stand by
his belief that "I can no longer professionally and ethically represent
Mr. Ceglia's interests over my own interests." "I have to deal with my own life, my own career, my own existence," he said. At least a half dozen lawyers or
law firms have withdrawn as Ceglia's attorney before Boland. Their
reasons have not been publicly disclosed.
Ceglia's original attorney, Paul
Argentieri of Hornell, has stayed on the case in a secondary role. But
he said Tuesday that his own future is uncertain because he'd recently
received a subpoena to testify about Ceglia before a grand jury. Snyder, from the New York City
firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, dismissed Ceglia's suggestion that
he'd influenced federal prosecutors downstate to bring the criminal charges to better Facebook's chances in the civil case.
In his 2010 lawsuit, Ceglia
claims he and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg signed a software
development contract in 2003 that included a provision entitling Ceglia
to half-ownership of Facebook in exchange for $1,000 in startup money
for Zuckerberg's then-fledgling idea.
Zuckerberg counters the document
he signed had only to do with a street-mapping database called
Streetfax that Ceglia had hired Zuckerberg, then a Harvard University
student, to help develop.
Earlier this year, attorneys for
Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook and Zuckerberg filed a motion to have
Ceglia's lawsuit dismissed, asserting that Ceglia had forged documents,
fabricated emails and destroyed evidence. They also said he had waited
too long - six years - to bring his claim and the statute of limitations
The motion is pending.
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