It’s pretty common knowledge
that Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to controversy. The
world’s youngest billionaire as the founder of Facebook has had more
than his share. At various times, Facebook has been banned in
countries such as China, Syria, Iran and Pakistan, the latter of which
even requested an arrest warrant from Interpol due to Facebook’s “Draw
Mohammed” contest. Also, certain workplaces ban Facebook use
due to drops in employee productivity; and Facebook has had issues with
privacy of its members, child safety, data mining, etc.
Additionally, Zuckerberg has previously been sued by the owners of a
competing site, ConnectU for alleged breach of oral contract and theft
of source code. That lawsuit was settled out of court for a
reported high eight figures. Oh, and he has that David Fincher movie about him
titled The Social Network due in October.
Now there’s a new wrinkle that may have the (let’s be real, quite slim) potential to necessitate some sort of addendum to the story. Daily Finance
reports that there’s another lawsuit recently filed that claims a guy
may potentially own 84% of Facebook. Paul Ceglia, a New York
businessman, filed a lawsuit last month against Facebook and Zuckerberg, over allegations that he’s
owed an 84% stake in the privately held company following a business
deal he struck with Zuckerberg in April 2003. Under a work-for-hire contract that involved two separate business
ventures, Ceglia hired Zuckerberg, a Harvard freshman at the time, to
develop and maintain a StreetFax Database for $1,000. The second
agreement called for the continued development of an existing project
“that’s designed to offer the students of Harvard university access to
a website similar to a live functioning yearbook with the working title
of ‘The Face Book.”‘
Ceglia was to pay Zuckerberg $1,000 for a 50% stake in the project. But
for every day the project went unfinished beyond the agreed Jan. 1,
2004, completion date, the contract called for an additional 1% stake
to be given to Ceglia, according to the court documents. Ceglia claims
that, as of February 2004, he never received his Facebook shares. A signature appears under the name Mark Zuckerberg in the alleged contract, dated Sept. 28, 2003.
There’s plenty more to the story and you can click over for the entire article.