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Paul Ceglia Fined $5,000 In Facebook Case 46

Posted by samzenpus
from the slap-on-the-friends-list dept.
An anonymous reader writes "U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie Foschio has sanctioned Paul Ceglia, a man that claims he owns half Facebook, and ordered him to pay $5,000 to the court. The judge also ordered Ceglia to pay for part of Facebook's attorney fees and expenses, an amount which will likely be much higher. The social networking giant hopes to have Ceglia's lawsuit dismissed early this year."
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Paul Ceglia Fined $5,000 In Facebook Case

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  • by Shoten (260439) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @08:09PM (#38669204)

    Five minutes and nobody's posted yet. That says a lot about what people think of Ceglia :)

    • by pro151 (2021702)
      Sorry I am late. If you are going to be a dumb-ass, you better have deep pockets.
    • Re:Wow... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by rudy_wayne (414635) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @08:18PM (#38669266)

      Five minutes and nobody's posted yet. That says a lot about what people think of Facebook :)

      fixed that for you.

    • Re:Wow... (Score:4, Funny)

      by oztiks (921504) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @08:43PM (#38669412)

      I just think its because nobody really gives a shit.

      Everyone saw the Movie already, it goes for far too long and pins Mark Zuckker to be some sort of prodigal computer genius that can hack Harvard web servers using wget.

      I still think the scene from Swordfish (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfy5dFhw3ik [youtube.com] ) was way awesomer than anything Social Networking had to offer.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Really? I thought the movie pinned Zuckerberg to be a do-nothing loser college drop-out whose only life-long accomplishment is writing a few hundred lines of PHP.

      • by syousef (465911)

        I still think the scene from Swordfish (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfy5dFhw3ik [youtube.com] ) was way awesomer than anything Social Networking had to offer.

        I can't see the page from work, but if it's the one I'm thinking of, you need to date more. Get over it, that's probably never happened in the history of humanity - its just immature fantasy for geeks who have trouble finding a partner.

        • by Anonymous Coward

          Is someone a little cranky cause IT has restricted their Internet access? I have my right mind to call up your manager and tell him your wasting work resources posting garbage on news sites when you should be you know WORKING.

    • by PopeRatzo (965947) *

      Five minutes and nobody's posted yet. That says a lot about what people think of Ceglia :)

      Or, what people think of Facebook.

  • what a douche
  • Blatant Abuse (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @08:17PM (#38669250)

    What a blatant abuse of the legal system. Now if the RIAA and MPAA were hit with more fines like this for their abuse of the legal system.

    • by oztiks (921504)

      Nonononono .... haven't you heard abuse of the legal system keeps everyone in the job. You can't punish those that provide meaningless busy work for public servants, lawyers and in criminal cases cops.

    • yeah, that's what I thought - good to see people actually get punished for trying to abuse the legal system. RIAA/MPAA shenanigans are but one example.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @08:18PM (#38669264)

    I have a book. In fact, I have several. And now that I think about it, I also have a face. I'm the owner of all of Facebook.

    • by syousef (465911)

      I have a book. In fact, I have several. And now that I think about it, I also have a face. I'm the owner of all of Facebook.

      That's nothing. I also have a face, so I am claiming half ownership. Also I have friends. Honest I do. Therefore I claim ownership of FriendFace.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rNgCnY1lPg [youtube.com]

      Also I've been so cold I have shaken before. Therefore I claim Jitter.

  • In the long have a feeling it would have been better for everyone if Pauls retarded scheme had worked.

    Facebook IPO = company turn into rich brats with infinite senses of entitlement overnight.

  • by gstrickler (920733) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @10:04PM (#38669936)

    I mean, three law firms have dropped him, FB or their lawyers planted forged evidence on his computer. Why does no one believe him? Sure, he has a history as a con-man, and he presented an original 8 yr old contract in court, but even the forensic analysts are against him and they claim the ink is less than 2 years old. Can't a guy get a break?

    Anyone who looks at this case can see he's being cheated out of his half of FB.

    PS. In case you missed it, yes, that's sarcasm.

    • by Rogerborg (306625)
      You realise that you're getting your facts from lawyers? Lawyers that work for Facebook.

      I'm just hoping that the Court will cut the baby in half... and then bury it.

  • Expert Witness (Score:4, Interesting)

    by chrisphotonic (2450982) on Thursday January 12, 2012 @11:29AM (#38673816)
    I live near Ceglia, and his lawyer asked me to be an expert witness in this case. It was a short high paying job, but the lawyer was being secretive about what the project was. I was told it was to check some emails to see if they were authentic.

    I didn't sign the NDA right away because the lawyer was acting strangely about my requests to have everything in writing. After doing some googling, I found the lawyers name associated with Ceglia. I told the lawyer about the on-line news articles that saw about Ceglia, that he looked like the scourge of the earth (ripping people off before in some heating scam), and I wanted no part of it. I'm glad I didn't blacken my companies reputation with that crap- if I were to be in the news.

    From what I was told, the emails they wanted me to 'verify' were several years old, had no encryption, and no digital signatures of any kind. They wanted to validate the authenticity of plain-text emails, that everyone knows are easy to spoof, and even easier to edit your own copies.

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