Local Lawyer Wants Off Facebook Case

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

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    Paul Ceglia's lawsuit claims he's entitled to half of Facebook

    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.

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    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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