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The Associated Press December 13, 2011, 7:58PM ET

Facebook poised to seek dismissal of NY man's suit

Attorneys for Facebook are poised to ask a judge to throw out a New York man's lawsuit claiming he's entitled to half ownership of the $50 billion social networking website.

In federal court in Buffalo on Tuesday, Facebook attorney Orin Snyder said the 2003 contract on which Paul Ceglia's (SEG'-lee-yahz) lawsuit is based is fake because experts found the ink to be less than two years old. He accuses Ceglia of trying to artificially age the document. He says he'll file a motion to dismiss early next year.

Ceglia attorney Dean Boland says Facebook's experts used a non-scientific test on the ink and he's standing by Ceglia's assertions.

Ceglia says he gave Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg money toward developing the site when he hired the then-Harvard University student to work on a streets database project.

Facebook is based in Palo Alto, Calif.


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