Do you remember the Winklevoss Twins? They're the guys who claimed Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea from Facebook from them and eventually got $65 million from the company to clear up the mess.
Now, there's another guy who's also trying to cash in. He's claiming that Mark Zuckerberg signed 50% of the website over to him when he was just getting started at Harvard. Paul Ceglia claims he gave Zuckerberg $1,000 in startup cash in exchange for a half of the company. Now, he wants to be paid.
Facebook has maintained all along that there was no such "The Face Book" contract or e-mails, and the case has been drawn out by delays and a turnstile of attorney changes on Ceglia's side. Facebook, which declined comment for this story, has repeatedly claimed the photocopied contract submitted as evidence supporting Ceglia's claim was a manufactured forgery and not the original Streetfax contract Ceglia and Zuckerberg each signed. In a 2012 response to Ceglia's suit, for example, Facebook attorneys decried the lawsuit as "a massive fraud [PDF] on the federal courts and defendants." In an e-mail to Ars, however, Ceglia maintains the contract is "genuine."
Facebook is claiming Ceglia forged the contract and now he's facing criminal fraud charges and possibly 40 years in jail. He's out on $250,000 bail and has to wear an ankle monitor.
Facebook hired a forensics firm that says Ceglia doctored the original contract and changed the date on his computer to forge emails. A judge believed it and threw out his original lawsuit. Ceglia is now trying to fight that dismissal.
I don't think Zuckerberg has anything to worry about. All the evidence seems to be in his favor, and Ceglia is even known as scam artist in his own home town.