Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg today sued four law firms which represented Paul Ceglia in a 2010 case where the client claimed he owned as much as 84 percent of the company.
In 2013, a judge dismissed the case, stating that the contract Ceglia claimed as proof of his ownership was nothing but a “recently created fabrication.”
Ceglia had allegedly forged the document based on a real contract that had been signed when Zuckerberg worked for Ceglia’s company in 2003. Ceglia was arrested for the falsifications in 2012.
Now Facebook is moving to make his lawyers pay for the alleged forgery. According to the company, the lawyers pursued the case despite knowing the documents were forged. The defendants include DLA Piper, Millberg LLP,Paul Argentieri & Associates and Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.
The company has not filed a suite against Ceglia himself, but he is slated to appear in court may for the apparent forgeries.