Local Lawyer Wants Off Facebook Case

San Diego attorney is the latest in a string of lawyers withdrawing from the case

Tuesday, Oct 18, 2011  |  Updated 1:03 PM PDT
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The latest lawyer to represent a New York man who claims part ownership of Facebook wants off the case.

San Diego attorney Jeffrey Lake has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to halt Paul Ceglia's court proceedings for three weeks to give a new lawyer time to get up to speed following his withdrawal.

On Tuesday, the judge gave Facebook until Thursday to respond.

Lake's filing didn't give a reason for leaving. Before him, lawyers from three other firms left Ceglia's defense team. Hornell attorney Paul Argentieri remains lead counsel.

Ceglia's lawsuit claims he's entitled to half of Facebook because of a 2003 deal he made with the social networking site's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, when the two worked on another project.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Facebook says the claim is baseless.

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