Paul Ceglia, the guy from upstate New York who claims to own 50% of Facebook, just re-filed his lawsuit with a new firm, DLA Piper.
It’s got lots of new evidence in it: mostly emails between Ceglia and Zuckerberg.
Facebook’s response so far has to been to claim that Ceglia’s evidence is all fabricated (and to remind everyone that Ceglia is an ex-con).
Our question is: how reputable is DLA Piper? Are they the kind of place that would take a document fabricator on as a client?
We asked around, and here’s what we heard:
- Gawker operations boss Scott Kidder told us: “They are very well respected.”
- An IP lawyer we know said: “Very large. In the top 50.”
- They were thirteenth highest-grossing law firm, according to Law.com.
- A person in the startup scene said: “DLA Piper has an excellent reputation in the tech industry. I’ve talked to a lot of people about a lot of firms and they’ve never said anything but positive things. “
- We hear DLA Piper is Los Angeles-based VC Mark Suster’s firm.
- A guy from super fancy law firm Skadden tells us “an IP guy (a much more experienced associate) said he didn’t think the IP group was particularly well-regarded.”
What have you heard? Fill us in below.