Face­book case takes on 5 more lawyers

The Washington Times Daily - - Business -

BUF­FALO | An up­state New York man who says he’s en­ti­tled to half own­er­ship of Face­book has added five at­tor­neys to his le­gal team.

Paul Ceglia’s lead at­tor­ney, Dean Boland, said Mon­day that the ad­di­tion of lawyers from the New York firm Mil­berg LLP and else­where is an in­di­ca­tion of the case’s strength.

Mr. Ceglia is su­ing Face­book and founder Mark Zucker­berg in fed­eral court in Buf­falo. Mr. Ceglia says a con­tract he signed with the then­fresh­man at Har­vard Univer­sity in 2003 en­ti­tles him to half of the multi­bil­lion-dol­lar so­cial net­work­ing site.

Lawyers for the Menlo Park, Calif.-based com­pany say the con­tract is doc­tored and had noth­ing to do with Face­book. A Face­book spokesman de­clined to com­ment Mon­day.

The so­cial net­work­ing site has 845 mil­lion users and recorded $3.7 bil­lion in rev­enue last year.

CHAT­TANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS VIA AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Newly con­structed “hail nets” shield Volk­swa­gen Pas­sats at a pro­duc­tion plant in Chat­tanooga, Tenn. Vi­o­lent hail storms have dam­aged cars at the plant in the past.

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