It was 10 months ago that Paul Ceglia and his attorney, Paul Argentieri, filed a simple civil suit against Facebook with a two-page work-for-hire contract.

It was 10 months ago that Paul Ceglia and his attorney, Paul Argentieri, filed a simple civil suit against Facebook with a two-page work-for-hire contract.


The lawsuit claimed Ceglia, of Wellsville, N.Y., owns 84 percent of the social network, which was estimated by Forbes to be worth $13.5 billion.


Facebook attorneys and many others dismissed Ceglia, who has had two arrests in the past. However, he claimed all along he had checks and emails from Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder and CEO.


First, he produced the checks to his local newspaper, Wellsville Daily Reporter, and on Monday, he produced the emails.


According to the Daily Reporter, Ceglia told the paper the computers that the emails were on were at his parents’ house, saved from a pipe burst in an office Ceglia had in 2003.


According to the Daily Reporter, the emails Ceglia produced in a 25-page amended complaint show Zuckerberg accepting money from Ceglia and even offering to pay it back.


Ceglia maintains everything is 100 percent legitimate. Facebook has a different take.


“This is a fraudulent lawsuit brought by a convicted felon, and we look forward to defending it in court,” said Facebook attorney Orin Snyder of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP in a statement. “From the outset, we’ve said that this scam artist’s claims are ridiculous, and this newest complaint is no better."


Ceglia says the latest action in court is his right.


“By right, we have the opportunity to amend the complaint one time where Facebook can't try to deny us,” said Ceglia. “In the remand decision, the judge told us we had two weeks to submit that revised complaint, and today is that day.”


Ceglia still has Argentieri as an attorney, but his new legal team includes former New York State Attorney General Dennis Vacco.


In the emails, Ceglia said Zuckerberg told him he was using Ceglia’s source code from a website called StreetFax for Facebook, where you can find a street online even if you misspell it.


Ceglia said Zuckerberg said in 2003, “I think it will really help people find each other, even if they spell names incorrectly. Would it be agreeable with you if I adapt the source code? Thanks!”


An email on Sept. 2, 2003, from Zuckerberg allegedly says, “As you mentioned last week, the issue we must resolve is how to produce a revenue stream from the users. My conclusion this past week is to charge alumni $29.95 a month. With this in mind, considering just 300 people, and the projection of a $9,000 monthly revenue, we could, as you suggested, rapidly expand to other colleges.


“Further, since the plan involves more than one college, the name can’t have Harvard in it and remains unresolved. Additionally, both original names facebook.com and pagebook.com are unavailable, so there is no actual domain name, either. Thefacebook.com and thepagebook.com are both available but are clearly not a premium quality domain, as they are much harder to remember.”


In Nov. 22, 2003, Ceglia says Zuckerberg told him, “I’ve stalled them for the time being and with a break if you could send another $1,000 for the facebook (sic) project it would allow me to pay my roommate or Jeff to help integrate the search code and get the site live before them. Please give me a call so that we can talk more about this.”


When the work was not done, the emails got nasty, with Ceglia calling Zuckerberg a crook. This is word-for-word from the transcript:


“You’ve got some nerve talking about me owing you with the CRIMINAL stunts you’ve pulled (sic) Reasonable people go to court to resolve their differences they don’t go stealing things dude, you stole code, not once, not twice but THREE TIMES! Do you have any idea the damage you’ve done??? Grow up, take a (Ceglia used a swear word) ethics class, choke yourself with that silver spoon of yours.”


On July 22, 2004, Zuckerberg wrote to Ceglia an email, that read:


“Paul, I am guessing that you don’t want to talk to me but I wanted to say happy birthday and that I hope to resolve our differences. I see that what I did was wrong and I am really sorry that I behaved as I did. Please give me your address and I will mail you back the $2,000 for your trouble, more if it will repair our business relationship.”


Ceglia’s latest document says he is entitled to 50 percent of Facebook, not 84 percent as he originally said. The case will be heard in federal court in Buffalo, N.Y.


In March of this year, Ceglia said, “I feel a bit like what a heavy weight boxer must feel like when the venue is announced for the big fight,” said Ceglia. “Now it's on like Donkey Kong.”