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.
CNET reported that Foschio ordered Ceglia to produce what is being referred to as the “Kasowitz letter” within three days.
The Kasowitz letter refers to a letter from one of the nine law firms to quit the Ceglia case, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, to two other firms that eventually bailed, as well — DLA Piper and Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman — warning them that Ceglia’s alleged contract with Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was a fraud.
Foschio said in his ruling Wednesday, as reported by CNET:
That the Kasowitz letter was never disclosed in a privilege log, given its obvious relevance to the issue of whether the contract at the heart of this litigation is genuine, is beyond cavil. The attempt to goad the court into further review of the Kasowitz letter by its unsolicited submission to the court only served to further delay compliance with this court’s orders. Such conduct is beyond disrespect and will not be countenanced.
Ceglia and his current lawyer, Dean Boland, were each fined $1,000, CNET reported — Ceglia for ignoring previous orders to produce the Kasowitz letter, and Boland for interfering with the court’s discovery process.
Facebook Chief Counsel Orin Snyder responded with the following statement:
Today’s ruling imposing monetary sanctions on Ceglia and his lawyer demonstrate that they continue to show brazen contempt for the court. It is bad enough that Ceglia is perpetuating a massive fraud on the court. His ongoing contempt makes it all the more reprehensible.
Readers: How long can Ceglia continue to fight an obvious losing battle?