After a hearing Wednesday in his case against Facebook, Paul Ceglia must show cause why he cannot produce the pieces of equipment and/or storage devices that Facebook alleges hold evidence that is crucial to their defense. Bloomberg Businessweek reports the court also gave Facebook access to Ceglia's personal email accounts.
The orders are the latest developments in the litigation that began last year when the New York businessman claimed he was entitled to at least 50 percent of Mark Zuckerberg's social networking company. He claimed he had done some work with Zuckerberg and the contract under which that work had been performed gave him a stake in the company.
Facebook, of course, claimed the lawsuit was baseless and that Ceglia was perpetrating a fraud on the court. But when Ceglia produced a copy of the contract purporting to give him the stake in the company, Facebook asked for expedited discovery in the case, all the while maintaining that Ceglia's claims were bogus. That's when analysts discover what Facebook says is the actual contract upon which Ceglia bases his complaint. This contract, however, makes no mention of Facebook.
As I've said before, if the man really is fabricating or otherwise altering evidence, it won't end well for him. If he's not, what does he have to hide? He should produce the "missing" devices and be done with it.