Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg claimed that the man suing him for 84 percent of the company he founded is requesting to return the case to state court “solely to burden and harass” him.
Lawyers for Paul Ceglia said the 26-year-old CEO’s legal residence is his parents’ Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., home and not Palo Alto, Calif., where Facebook is based. They claim the federal court in Buffalo, N.Y., lacks jurisdiction over the suit because both men live in the same state.
Federal courts that otherwise wouldn’t have jurisdiction can hear civil suits between parties from different states. Ceglia, who lives in Wellsville, N.Y., is trying to have the case moved back to state court, where a judge entered an order June 30 blocking Facebook from transferring company assets.
“California has been my permanent home since before 2006,” Zuckerberg said.