(AP) A federal judge has recommended that a New York man's multibillion-dollar lawsuit claiming half-ownership of Facebook be dismissed.
The judge Tuesday sided with the social networking site and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, saying a contract on which Paul Ceglia (SEHG'-lee-uh) based his case was faked.
Ceglia of Wellsville sued in 2010. He claimed a contract he signed hiring Zuckerberg, then a Harvard University student, to work on a database in 2003 also entitled him to part ownership of Facebook, based in Menlo Park, Calif. The judge ruled that while the two did sign a contract, any references to Facebook were added for the lawsuit.
The report and recommendations now go to a district judge, who will consider any objections before either adopting or modifying the decision.
Zuckerberg is worth an estimated $13.3 billion.