A judge will consider whether to let a lawyer for Paul Ceglia withdraw from the civil case involving Facebook.
A hearing on Ohio attorney Dean Boland’s request is scheduled for Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Buffalo.
Boland hasn’t publicly said why he no longer wants to represent Ceglia, of Wellsville, in his multibillion-dollar ownership claim against Facebook. The request came a few days after Ceglia was arrested on charges accusing him of doctoring and destroying evidence to support his civil suit.
Ceglia pleaded not guilty.
Ceglia’s 2010 lawsuit claims half-ownership of Menlo Park, Calif.-based Facebook based on a 2003 contract with founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg and Facebook lawyers maintain the lawsuit is groundless and based on doctored evidence.
Facebook’s lawyers say they won’t oppose Boland’s withdrawal motion as long as it doesn’t delay their efforts to have Ceglia’s lawsuit dismissed.