Ceglia loses bid to revive Facebook lawsuit, block criminal case

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Posted: Apr 20, 2015 10:08 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday rejected the fugitive Paul Ceglia's effort to revive his civil lawsuit against Facebook Inc and founder Mark Zuckerberg seeking a big stake in the social media company, and to halt a separate criminal prosecution for fraud.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said Facebook and Zuckerberg had established by clear and convincing evidence that a 2003 contract that Ceglia claimed entitled him to a 50 percent Facebook stake was forged.

It also said Ceglia failed to make a "clear showing" that the government's criminal case against him arising from that contract should be dismissed.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)