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Friday, November 30, 2012

Judge Fines Ceglia -- Again

Paul Ceglia has been ordered to pay about $90,000 in attorney fees to Facebook, on top of the more than $75,000 he had previously been ordered to pay in his ongoing civil lawsuit against the multi-billion company and its founder Mark Zuckerberg.

A federal judge ordered the new payment as a result of Ceglia’s last-minute cancellation of depositions Facebook had already paid its lawyers to do. He also has to pay for travel and lodging for experts that were scheduled to be deposed.

The Wellsville man claims he and Zuckerberg entered into a contract in 2003 that entitles him to a 50 percent share of the company. But in October, he was charged with mail and wire fraud for allegedly doctoring documents that supported his claim.

Earlier this week one of his lawyers, Dean Boland, argued in federal court his motion to be taken off the civil case. Ceglia opposed the motion, saying Facebook is pressuring Boland to withdraw. The judge hasn’t decided on the motion yet. About half a dozen lawyers have already dropped out of the case.

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