Facebook's Smoking Gun: Ceglia Contract Doesn't Mention Facebook

Lora Bentley

It looks like Facebook has finished its forensic examination of Paul Ceglia's computers. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the social networking company found what it's calling the "authentic contract" between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Ceglia.


The New York businessman sued Facebook and Zuckerberg last year, arguing that he was entitled to a 50 percent ownership stake in Facebook and that he had a contract to prove it. But when Facebook's attorneys saw the evidence Ceglia presented, they insisted it was a fraud and asked the court for expedited discovery in the case so they could have Ceglia's computers examined.



Last week, the company indicated it had found a "smoking gun" in Ceglia's files but kept mum on the details. Now, the details are part of the case file, and thus in the public record. The contract Facebook found, according to the Chronicle:

was found on Ceglia's computer, embedded in electronic data from 2004, a year after Ceglia claims he and Zuckerberg signed the contract on which he basis his claim ... In contrast to the version of the contract produced by Ceglia, it doesn't appear to include any references to Facebook.

If the man really is fabricating evidence, I can't imagine this will end well for him.

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