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Facebook Defends Zuckerberg Over Hustler Lawsuit

Facebook is definitely no stranger to courtroom dramas, and its ongoing lawsuit involving 'hustler' Paul Ceglia certainly won't be the last.

Filed in July 2010, Ceglia claimed to own 50 per cent of the social networking site - but thanks to Facebook's legal eagles the team has been able to flag up a number of inconsistencies in his testimony. Such disputes include emails addressed to Zuckerberg consisting of "historically impossible fiction typed by Ceglia into backdated Word documents", as well as one fatal flaw in his attempt at Facebook domination: the date was officially launched. Not to mention daylight savings time, completely failing to factor in this crucial aspect in his 'documents'.

The site is determined to clear its name, releasing 200 emails in yesterday's filing located on Harvard's email servers, but funnily enough it could not find anything to back up Ceglia's claims of his $1,000 investment into Facebook. Plus the law doesn't quite work in your favour when your tarnished reputation is brought up:

"Ceglia's scheme is brazen and outrageous but in keeping with his character: Ceglia is a convicted felon - a career criminal and scam artist whose past crimes including stealing from senior citizens, forging government documents as part of a land swindle, and running a scheme to defraud local residents (many senior citizens) by tricking them into buying nonexistent wood pellets."

However, Facebook did manage to find a genuine agreement between Ceglia and Zuckerberg - but the contract only related to the "limited work" Zuckerberg undertook for Ceglia's now-defunct StreetFax business.

Souce: The Verge

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