BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A federal judge has officially closed the book on a Western New York man’s multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming half-ownership of Facebook.
Judge Richard Arcara has granted Facebook and founder Mark Zuckerberg’s motion to dismiss Paul Ceglia’s lawsuit.
Last week’s ruling affirms a magistrate judge’s recommendation from a year ago that said the suit should be thrown out because the contract Ceglia based it on was faked.
Ceglia, of Wellsville, claimed he and Zuckerberg signed a software development contract in 2003 that included a provision entitling Ceglia to half ownership of Facebook in exchange for startup money for the budding company.
Facebook lawyers say the two had a contract but references to Facebook were slipped in for the lawsuit.
Meanwhile, Ceglia awaits trial on related criminal fraud charges. He’s pleaded not guilty.