MARCH 26 2012 22:13h

Facebook moves to dismiss Ceglia case

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BUFFALO, N.Y., March 26 (UPI) -- Social Web site Facebook has asked a federal court to dismiss a claim by a New York man who says he owns half the company, court papers show.

Facebook calls claims by Paul Ceglia that he owns half of Facebook -- a firm potentially worth $100 billion -- a "fraudulent shakedown."

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday 200 e-mails on Harvard University's server demonstrate a contract and e-mails Ceglia has produced are fakes.

"Today's motion proves what Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have emphatically stated all along: This case is a fraud," Facebook attorney Orin Snyder said.

A spokesman for Ceglia declined to comment on the motion to dismiss the case, which his attorneys are reviewing.