Mark Zuckerberg facebook fakeZuckerberg said he has declared under oath that he neither signed the alleged contract with Paul Ceglia, nor wrote or received any related emails.He asked a federal judge to order Ceglia to immediately turn over the alleged original contract and emails, and for permission to inspect Ceglia's computers.
"Zuckerberg and Ceglia never discussed Facebook and they never signed a contract concerning Facebook," the filing said. "The contract is a cut-and-paste job, the emails are complete fabrications, and this entire lawsuit is a fraud."In a statement, Ceglia's law firms said their client "disagrees with the opinions within the filing, which have been made by those who have not examined the actual contract at issue in this case or any of the other relevant evidence."The law firms include DLA Piper in New York and Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman in Buffalo, court records show.
Ceglia, a wood pellet salesman from Wellsville, New York, is trying to show he contracted in 2003 for 50 percent of Zuckerberg's interest in what became Facebook, which is privately held.Forbes magazine in March estimated Zuckerberg's net worth at $13.5 billion. Analysts have said Facebook could be worth $70 billion should it go public, perhaps in 2012.In Thursday's filing,
Zuckerberg acknowledged signing a contract in April 2003 with Ceglia, but that it concerned work Zuckerberg had done for StreetFax.com, a website that posted photographs of traffic intersections for use in the insurance industry.Ceglia provided the contract after Zuckerberg, then a freshman at Harvard University, had responded to an online job listing for StreetFax, the filing said.Zuckerberg hopes to use forensic testing on Ceglia's documentation. "When this testing confirms that all of these documents are forgeries, this lawsuit will end," he said.