Lawsuit Guy 'Forgot' He Owned Facebook

Also, Zuckerberg was lazy, but Ceglia might hire him to run company
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2010 12:15 PM CDT
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg poses at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., Feb. 5, 2007.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Why did Paul Ceglia wait seven years to file his lawsuit alleging that he owns 84% of Facebook? Because, he explains to Bloomberg, he’d forgotten he owned it. But when he was arrested for defrauding customers of his wood-pellet business he went through his old files and—what luck!—discovered the old contract. Now, he won’t be denied. “I’m going after him,” he says. “A deal’s a deal.”

Ceglia says he also has a year’s worth of emails that back up his claim, and adds, for good measure, that Mark Zuckerberg was a lazy employee. “He simply could not finish his work. He just could not keep a deadline,” Ceglia complains. But “he could code. I’d hire him today as a coder. If at some point in the future I start running Facebook, I guess I’m going to have to hire him to keep running the company.” (Read more Facebook stories.)

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