Facebook's revenge in court
Vowing to sue the lawyers of the man who has claimed 50% ownership of the company, Facebook will cite an alleged smoking-gun document from April 2011. Paul Ceglia's lawyers maintain their good-faith belief in their own bank of forensic experts.By Roger Parloff, senior editor
FORTUNE -- On March 30, 2011 -- 19 months before federal authorities finally arrested and charged Paul Ceglia with pressing a fraudulent suit against Facebook based on a forged contract that purported to give him a 50% interest in the company -- Ceglia's lawyers learned of the existence of strong forensic evidence of fraud, according to a key document that was quietly unsealed and filed in court last week.
In the document, a letter written April 13, 2011, a lawyer at the high-powered litigation firm of Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman, which had been evaluating whether to represent Ceglia, explained to Ceglia's other lawyers that his firm's forensic analysis of Ceglia's computer hard-drives showed that Ceglia's contract was "fabricated," that his firm would make its experts available to them, that Kasowitz was dropping all involvement, and warning the lawyers of their ethical obligations, including a possible duty to report "the misconduct that has occurred" to the presiding judge. Read the entire story here