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Judge orders Paul Ceglia to pay Facebook nearly $90,000 in fees

November 29, 2012|By Jessica Guynn
  • Paul Ceglia, indicted on charges of mail and wire fraud, exits federal court in New York.
Paul Ceglia, indicted on charges of mail and wire fraud, exits federal court… (Peter Foley / Bloomberg )

Paul Ceglia, the New York man who has become famous for suing Facebook, must reimburse Facebook for nearly $90,000 in attorney fees, a judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. Magistrate Leslie Foschio ordered Ceglia to pay Facebook for depositions canceled at the last minute. Ceglia must also reimburse nearly $7,000 to Facebook's experts for travel and lodging expenses.

Ceglia's attorney, Dean Boland, who asked to withdraw from the case could not be immediately reached for comment. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment.

Ceglia pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he doctored and destroyed evidence in the lawsuit against Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg in a hearing Wednesday in Manhattan federal court.

A federal grand jury indicted Ceglia on charges of mail fraud and wire fraud. Each of the charges carries a maximum of 20 years in prison if he is convicted. Ceglia claims a 2003 contract entitles him to half of Zuckerberg’s stake in Facebook.


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