In the battle between Facebook and Paul Ceglia over the New York businessman's claim to own 50 percent of the company, Facebook's attorneys asked the court for permission to examine all of Ceglia's computers for evidence that the documents he submitted as evidence of his claim are false.
According to BuffaloNews.com, Facebook's legal team pointed out that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has denied - under oath - both signing the purported contract and writing the emails Ceglia says established the agreement between the two. They also noted that forensic experts who combed through Zuckerburg's Harvard email account did not find the emails Ceglia has submitted. Instead, they found emails directly contradicting Ceglia's claims. Moreover, a document authentication expert says the documents included with Ceglia's complaint "are riddled with ... telltale signs of fraud."
The Wall Street Journal reports Facebook claims Ceglia is "a well-known scam artist" who is "perpetrating a fraud on the court." For their part, Ceglia's attorneys say their client disagrees with the opinions in Facebook's motion and maintain the social network has failed to really examine any of the evidence relevant to the case.