Facebook has stepped up its legal battle against Paul Ceglia over the company's ownership, with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg swearing under oath that the emails and other evidence cited by Ceglia were ‘forgeries’.
Paul Ceglia, a wood pellet seller, filed a lawsuit against Facebook and Zuckerberg, claiming that he loaned $2,000 Zuckerberg in Facebook’s early days in exchange for half ownership of the platform.
Ceglia recently amended his lawsuit with claims that he had emails from Zuckerberg confirming his ownership of the multi-billion dollar company and a contract which Zuckerberg had allegedly signed.
Facebook, in a recent filing to the courts, asked the court to speed up the process and order Ceglia to produce the evidence establishing his evidence in court.
The company has also hired its own forensic experts who have determined that the 175-email exchange between Zuckerberg and Ceglia doesn’t mention Facebook at all.
"Zuckerberg and Ceglia never discussed Facebook and they never signed a contract concerning Facebook. The contract is a cut-and-paste job, the emails are complete fabrications, and this entire lawsuit is a fraud." the Facebook filing read, The Telegraph reports.
Zuckerberg says that Ceglia invested in a service called Streetfax which did not come to fruition, but denied that he took money from Ceglia to start Facebook.