A judge has sided with Facebook in ruling that a federal court, not a local one, will hear Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit claiming he owns 84 percent of Facebook.
Judge Richard Arcara of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York ruled only on the matter of Ceglia’s claim that nearby Allegany County Court should hear the case. He erroneously alleged that Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg was a resident of New York state.
Zuckerberg may have grown up there, but he moved to California to expand Facebook and never left. His attorneys had argued that the case belongs in federal court because the CEO and the plaintiff Ceglia live in two different states, according to the Buffalo News.
Ceglia’s assertion that Zuckerberg’s resided with his parents in New York and not California has the same kind of ludicrousness as the plaintiff’s lawsuit alleging he owns 84 percent of Facebook.
Some might point out that hearing the case in Allegany County might offer the legal equivalent of home court advantage, but the location of Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto — and soon, Menlo Park — is common knowledge.
We hope that Ceglia doesn’t appeal the jurisdiction of the case, because that tactic would only delay the beginning of the main lawsuit, which should prove highly entertaining.
Like we’ve previously explained in several posts, Ceglia bases his claim to 84 percent of Facebook on having done design work in 2003 for a $1,000 fee plus a stake in the final product.
We expect Facebook’s attorneys to point out the fact that Ceglia has only come forward this past summer — not long after The Facebook Effect came out — as part of the argument against his owning 84 percent.
Readers, what do you think about the latest twist in the Ceglia versus Zuckerberg saga?