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Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 06/02/2011

Facebook says ownership suit is based on forged documents

Updated, 3:47 p.m.

Facebook filed a motion for expedited discovery in its ownership suit with Paul Ceglia, asking a district court in Buffalo, N.Y. to order Ceglia to turn over the original contract and e-mails he says provide proof that he owns one-half of the social networking giant.

In the court documents, Facebook said that the e-mails and contract are forged, taken from discussions over Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s work regarding an unrelated service called StreetFax.

The filing says that Zuckerberg never discussed Facebook and never signed a contract concerning the social networking site, and that Ceglia’s documents are a “cut-and-paste” job.

The company said that more than 175 e-mails between the men are stored on Zuckerberg’s Harvard e-mail account, and that none of these mention of an agreement regarding Facebook.

“These verifiably genuine emails establish that Ceglia’s entire case is fiction and the story he tells in his Amended Complaint is a lie,” the filing says.

In response to Facebook’s filing the law firms representing Ceglia, DLA Piper and Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, issued the following joint statement:

"Mr. Ceglia welcomes the opportunity to expedite discovery in this case and disagrees with the opinions within the filing, which have been made by those who have not examined the actual contract at issue in this case or any of the other relevant evidence."

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