If you were constantly being sued by a pair of 6’5″ twin bros with chiseled cheekbones and really, really heavy pockets, you’d probably think, “This is FOR SURE the weirdest court case I’ll ever have to go through. In LIFE.” And you know what? You’d probably be right.
Unless, of course, you were a certain Facebook founder named Mark Zuckerberg, who’s also wrapped up in a lawsuit with our old friend Paul Ceglia, the wood pellet salesman from upstate New York who, if you remember, may or may not have impersonated Zuck in a series of emails that entitles him to 50 percent of Zuckerberg’s fortune.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder, well, they did: Mr. Ceglia’s high-profile representation — the law firm DLA Piper, a 4,200-attorney strong firm with branches around the world — recently withdrew from the case at a critical juncture.
“We have withdrawn from the case and no longer represent Paul Ceglia,” states Brian Kiefer, a spokesperson for DLA Piper spokesman. “Due to our attorney-client privilege obligations, there will be no further comment.”
The next logical step would be to find some equally prolific firm to do your lawyering, right? But it’s not always that easy, especially when time is of the essence: Thus, Mr. Ceglia is carrying on with a small, boutique-y firm of four San Diego-based attorneys who, according to CNET, represent 200 medical marijuana collectives.
But this wouldn’t be the first time that Mr. Ceglia changed legal representation in this lawsuit: Dennis Vacco, former New York Attorney General, and Terrence Connors have also served stints as his representation in cases for which he’s seeking a cool $13.5 billion.
One time I watched two entire seasons of Gossip Girl, and even that didn’t have as many twists as this case.