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Last we knew, Paul Ceglia was in Ireland.

No word on why, but distance has not dampened the Wellsville man's desire to keep his floundering Facebook suit alive while challenging the numerous court rulings going against him.

Ceglia's lawyers filed affidavits Friday documenting their client's refusal to comply with an important order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio.

The affidavits suggest that the lawyers went to great lengths to get Ceglia to comply with Foschio's order requiring the release of personal email account information and that he initially refused.

"Mr. Ceglia instructed me not to comply," Jeffrey A. Lake, one of Ceglia's lawyers, said in his affidavit.

Nathan A. Shaman, one of Ceglia's other lawyers, filed a similar affidavit documenting his unsuccessful efforts to get Ceglia to comply.

Shaman said he asked Ceglia to hand over the information Foschio wanted while informing him of their latest setback -- a decision by another judge denying their request for a stay of Foschio's order.

"That same day, I informed Mr. Ceglia that the stay was denied and that he was still obligated to provide us the information concerning his email accounts," Shaman said in his affidavit. "Mr. Ceglia continued to refuse to comply."

Ceglia eventually relented but only after he was ordered to by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Ceglia, a native of Allegany County, filed a lawsuit last year claiming he and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg entered into a contract in 2003 that now gives Ceglia a 50 percent interest in Facebook. The social network is worth an estimated $50 billion.

Facebook has countered by accusing Ceglia of basing his suit on "a fraudulent contract and fabricated emails."

Zuckerberg's lawyers would not comment on the affidavits, but they clearly view them as an indication that Ceglia knows the lawsuit against Facebook is a loser.

Despite a series of setbacks, including the orders by Foschio and Arcara, Ceglia is fighting back.

Friday, he filed court papers accusing the social networking giant of "unsavory and inexcusable tactics." He claims Facebook "blatantly violated" his privacy by releasing his personal email information to the public.

"No award of damages to Ceglia or any other sanction against defendants will ever be able to undo this irreparable harm," Lake said.

The papers are part of Ceglia's motion opposing Facebook's efforts to make him pay for its legal fees.

Ceglia's criticism of Facebook follows a series of court rulings that have gone against him. The most recent was a decision by Foschio ordering Ceglia to "immediately" release his personal email information.

Ceglia had opposed an earlier ruling on privacy and other grounds but later relented, only to have Zuckerberg's lawyers respond by complaining about his delays in providing the information.

Facebook wants access to the accounts to try to disprove Ceglia's claims that when he hired Zuckerberg for another project, he also gave him money to start Facebook.

Ceglia, in his latest motion, claims that he has complied with the court order regarding his email accounts and that much of the delay is because of Facebook's handling of his accounts.

"A substantial portion of the delay," Lake said in the papers, "was the result of defendants' unsavory and inexcusable tactics."

He also suggests at one point that the court needs to "repair some of the integrity lost to the legal system" because of Facebook's tactics.

Facebook declined to comment on the allegations.

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