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Facebook is suing Paul Ceglia's lawyers, alleging they “knew or should have known that the [initial] lawsuit was a fraud.” Spotify unveils family plans. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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NewFacebookLogoFacebook Sues Lawyers for Pressing Dubious Ownership Case (The New York Times/Bits Blog)
The last thing we do, let’s sue all the lawyers. That, in essence, is what Facebook’s chief executive and principal founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has decided to do in the dormant case of Paul Ceglia, an upstate New York entrepreneur who claimed in 2010 that Zuckerberg had struck an agreement with him in Facebook’s early days to give him a substantial stake in the company. The Wall Street Journal Facebook and Zuckerberg filed suit against several attorneys Monday, claiming they helped perpetuate a fraud against the social network and its founder. Facebook said lawyers at the firms helped give credibility to a 2010 lawsuit brought by Ceglia, who said he had been given an 84 percent ownership stake in Facebook by Zuckerberg. CNET At the time, Ceglia produced documents proving his ownership stake, all of which have since been dismissed as fraudulent by the courts. But during the case, DLA Piper’s lawyers repeatedly assured the public that Ceglia’s case had merit and that the documents he produced were real. Business Insider “The contract on which the lawsuit was based was an obvious forgery, rife with historical impossibilities and other red-flags for fraud,” Facebook’s complaint states. A number of legal firms worked with Ceglia during the lawsuit. But when they dropped Ceglia’s case, they often did so quietly rather than openly stating that Ceglia’s documents may have been forged. Re/code “We said from the beginning that Paul Ceglia’s claim was a fraud and that we would seek to hold those responsible accountable,” Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch said in a statement given to Re/code. “DLA Piper and the other named law firms knew the case was based on forged documents, yet they pursued it anyway, and they should be held to account.”

Spotify Announces Family Plans for Up to Five Users (The Next Web)
Spotify has announced new plans designed for families of up to five members, which was one of its most requested features. Pretty much anyone in a family has experienced fighting over a shared account that stops playing music when someone else starts listening elsewhere, so the company is encouraging families to get an account for each family member.

Yahoo Is Leaving Tumblr Alone (SocialTimes)
According to a report in Adweek, Yahoo is living up to its hands-off promise to Tumblr. When the site was acquired last May, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said, “We promise not to screw it up,” and that the site would continue to operate independently. Now, over a year in, it seems that the tech firm has largely lived up to that promise.

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No LOL Matter: FBI Trolls Social Media for Would-Be Jihadis (NBC News)
When Basit Javid Sheikh told his new Facebook friend, a Syrian nurse, that he wanted to travel from his home in North Carolina to Syria to fight with the opposition group Ahrar ash-Sham, “she” messaged him back and suggested he instead join the Al-Nusra Front, a rival group affiliated with al Qaeda. When, in a subsequent conversation via Skype, a “trusted brother” who was actually an undercover FBI employee, “told Basit that he could help get him inside Al-Nusra. … Basit stated that he did not want to be one of those brothers who kept sitting at home,” according to court records.

Mark Zuckerberg Meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (AllFacebook)
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg continued his travels through Asia with a visit to Japan, where he met with prime minister Shinzo Abe. Zuckerberg has already made stops in India, Indonesia and South Korea this month.