Facebook's Zuckerberg Claims Lawsuit Is Probing 'Private Life'
Zuckerberg is locked in a legal battle with Paul Ceglia, a resident of Wellsville, New York. Ceglia claims that he owns 84% of the multi-billion dollar company.
"They filed this remand motion to harass defendants under the pretext of obtaining jurisdictional discovery into Zuckerberg's private life," Zuckerberg's lawyers said in a filing in the federal court in Buffalo, New York.
The move could theoretically improve Ceglia's chances of winning the case or gaining an out of court settlement, as cases can be dismissed faster in federal court.
"The higher the stakes, the more likely you want to take advantage of procedural moves to improve your chances," Adam Steinman, a professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, told Reuters.
In a lawsuit filed in June, Ceglia claimed that a 2003 contract with Zuckerberg entitles Ceglia to control of Facebook.