Zuckerberg Fights to Keep Private Life Out of Lawsuit

Wants to keep lid on 'unnecessary details'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2010 8:20 AM CDT
Zuckerberg Fights to Keep Private Life Out of Lawsuit
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the social network site's new localization services called "Places" during a news conference in Palo Alto, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg would like a little privacy, please. The head honcho of Facebook, who is currently fighting Paul Ceglia's claim to own 84% of the site, says the lawsuit is trying to uncover unnecessary, private details about his life in order to harass him. The claim seems to stem from a to-do over location: Zuckerberg moved the case to federal court, which hears cases from parties in different states—Reuters notes federal court is often appealing because cases can be dismissed quicker, and may have a lesser chance of reaching a jury.

But lawyers for Ceglia, who lives in New York, are pushing to return it to state court, saying Zuckerberg legally lives not in Palo Alto, Calif., but with his parents in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Ceglia's lawyers asked to be permitted to seek information from Zuckerberg about his legal residence—a request that Facebook lawyers say is just a pretext to go mucking around in Zuck's personal affairs.
(Read more Mark Zuckerberg stories.)

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