Federal judge orders Paul Ceglia to pay fine in Facebook case


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The New York state man who claims he’s entitled to half of Mark Zuckerberg’s multibillion-dollar stake in Facebook has been fined $5,000 by a federal judge for not complying with a court order.

Paul Ceglia was also ordered to pay some of Facebook’s legal fees.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio’s ruling is a victory for Facebook and Zuckerberg, who have denounced Ceglia’s claims that he and Zuckerberg signed a 2003 contract that gives him an ownership stake in Facebook, which is on the verge of a $100-billion initial public offering.


Facebook plans to ask Foschio to dismiss the lawsuit.


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-- Jessica Guynn