Mark Zuckerberg To Testify Against Former Harvard Acquaintance Seeking Stake in Facebook

Atlantic magazine event, Washington D.C, America - 18 Sep 2013

The founder of Facebook Inc. Mark Zuckerberg is set to testify against a man who allegedly tried to scam a share of the social network. Paul Ceglia claims he had a contract with Zuckerberg to receive a share of the company for $1,000 of startup funds.

Prosecutors contend that Ceglia faked evidence to support his claims. He is set to face trial in November.

Back in 2010, Ceglia brought a case against Facebook and Zuckerberg, contending that he should be given 84 percent of the company. The case was later thrown out in court.

The defendant has asked the judge to call Zuckerberg, Facebook and Harvard University to the stand to produce e-mails and documents from 2003 to 2004. Ceglia also asked for Zuckerberg’s Harvard records during his time as an undergraduate.

The Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Frey called the request merely a ploy to embarrass Mr. Zuckerberg and others.

Currently the social networking company is worth around $178 billion.

Details courtesy of Bloomberg, photo courtesy of The Guardian