WELLSVILLE, NY - Allegany Pellets owner Paul Ceglia, who makes wood pellet fuel, continues a long-running battle for part ownership of Facebook, claiming he made a $1,000 investment in 2003. Facebook lawyers told a judge that Ceglia cooked the records and his claim is unfounded.
Ceglia filed suit in U.S. District Court of Western New York against Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg in June 2010, claiming he paid a $1,000 which entitled him to 50 percent of Facebook revenues and an escalating percentage of Facebook ownership that his suit claims is now 84 percent.
Ceglia's wood pellet firm had encountered previous legal woes, with a temporary restraining order obtained against it in December 2009 by the New York State Attorney General's office, which prohibited Allegany Pellets from soliciting new wood pellet orders until it delivered previous orders for which it had received $200,000 in advance payment.
Allegany Pellet's site indicated it had filled over 20,000 orders and carries a December 14, 2009 announcement that it was experiencing delays in filling preorders, noting "We deeply regret the delays and hardships that our issues have caused and look forward to quickly catching up all backorders as quickly as possible."