Facebook launches lawsuit against DLA Piper

DLA Piper might be regretting the day it represented internet entrepreneur Paul Ceglia in his doomed claim against Facebook after being hit with a mammoth lawsuit from the social network.

The company has accused DLA and four of its partners as well as a raft of US firms of conspiring “to file and prosecute a fraudulent lawsuit […] based on fabricated evidence, for the purpose of extorting a lucrative and unwarranted settlement.”

The claim goes back to 2010, when DLA stepped in to act for Ceglia, who argued he was due a 50 per cent stake in Facebook based on 2003 contract documents.

The contract and emails used in court as evidence were later dismissed as frauds and Ceglia was indicted by a federal grand jury. Now Facebook is out to seek revenge on his lawyers.

Meanwhile DLA has hit back, calling Facebook’s action a “meritless” and “entirely baseless lawsuit that has been filed as a tactic to intimidate lawyers from benign litigation against Facebook”.

DLA and Zuckerberg aren’t likely to be Facebook friends any time soon then.

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