Actually, make that sloppy fifths or something.
Earlier this month plaintiffs firm Milberg LLP became the latest in a long series of lawyers to hitch its wagon to Paul Ceglia "who claims that a 2003 contract with Facebook Inc. (FB) co-founder Mark Zuckerberg gave him half the company"as reported by Bob Van Voris for Bloomberg: "'we took a good hard look at all of the information available, including evidence in Mr. Ceglia's favor, and we believe he deserves to have his day in court,' said Sanford P. Dumain, chairman of Milberg’s executive committee."
It's uncertain whether Ceglia will get "his day in court."
Today the popular social networking site filed a motion in a Buffalo federal court to dismiss Ceglia's 2010 lawsuit as reported by Hayley Tsukayama for The Washington Post:
"Today’s motion proves what Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg have emphatically stated all along: this case is a fraud," said Facebook attorney Orin Snyder. "The motion asks the Court to dismiss this fraudulent lawsuit, and demonstrates that Ceglia has forged documents, destroyed evidence, and abused the judicial system in furtherance of his criminal scheme. Ceglia must be held accountable."
Facebook's "74-page dismissal motion is a virtual compendium of the tiny mistakes (alleged) frausters can make and the ways determined defendants can find them out" as reported by Alison Frankel for Thomson Reuters.
A few years ago an earlier incarnation of the Milberg firm was indicted for its alleged role in a decades-long conspiracy pursuant to which serial plaintiffs were paid kickbacks from court-approved attorneys' fees in the cases. Several former partners were sent to prison, and the firm avoided further prosecution after paying a $75 million fine and employing a compliance monitor for two years. At the time of the June 2008 settlement between Milberg and the feds Sanford Dumain said: "We can now say to courts and clients that we are not a firm under indictment," and "we needed an understanding from the government that no one currently at the firm had any knowledge of the wrongdoing."