Forget Hurricane Gonzalo. A bigger storm is brewing in the States between two giants. One side is tech titan Facebook; on the other, legal behemoth DLA Piper.
DLA Piper, along with US firms Milberg, Paul Argentieri & Associates and Lippes Mathias Wesler Friedman variously represented internet entrepreneur Paul Ceglia in 2010.
DLA Piper began advising Ceglia in 2010. He claimed he had been promised a stake in Facebook on the basis of a 2003 contract, which was later indicted as a fraudulent document.
Facebook is now alleging that DLA Piper, which later withdrew from the case, “publicly staked its reputation on the veracity of Ceglia’s allegations”.
DLA Piper is not taking this lying down. Quite the contrary: it’s calling out the move as “a tactic to intimidate lawyers from bringing litigation against Facebook” and calls the suit “entirely baseless”.
Stormy times ahead.
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