WELLSVILLE, NY - Lawyers for Allegany Pellets owner Paul Ceglia, who makes wood pellet fuel, are being sued by Facebook for their role in a long-running battle for part ownership of Facebook.
Ceglia claimed he made an investment in 2003 in Mark Zuckerberg's developing business that eventually became Facebook. Facebook lawyers ultimately provided computer records described in a deposition of a postal inspector to the court that showed the documents used as the basis for the claim had been altered. Facebook says by taking his case, Ceglia's lawyers gave credence to his claims. Ceglia was later twice indicted grand juries for alleged fraud in the case.
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 said was ultimately 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."
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