THE SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook wants an end to its legal battle with Paul Ceglia so it can just get on with its business.
Ceglia's lawsuit is murky. He claims that Mark Zuckerberg promised him half of Facebook in return for some work that he did on a mapping application. Zuckerberg and Facebook deny this and the case has shuffled around in court accordingly.
Now Facebook wants done with it altogether and has asked the court to throw out Ceglia's complaint. Bloomberg reports that it wants the case dismissed before Ceglia and his legal team get a chance to look at Zuckerberg's computers from the time in question.
Ceglia wants to examine Zuckerberg's computers so that any documents that Zuckerberg might have retained can be examined properly. Facebook has seen Ceglia's version of the correspondence and says that it is faked or doctored.
Bloomberg reports that Ceglia's attorneys can respond to Facebook's request for dismissal today, and a hearing will decide whether the trial will go ahead.
Facebook will likely argue that it has an important IPO coming up. Understandably, it won't be keen on contending who owns the company while it is selling shares in it.
We have asked Facebook to comment on this report, but for now its line on Ceglia and his lawsuit has always been "This case is a fraud." µ