NY man suing Facebook has to allow email access

August 30, 2011 - 12:15 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The New York man suing for part ownership of Facebook must give lawyers for the social networking company access to all his emails dating to 2003.

A federal judge on Tuesday denied Paul Ceglia's (SEG'-lee-ya) request to delay Facebook's access to his emails so he could voice his objections in court. Ceglia's lawyer had made the request in a filing late Monday, hoping to protect Ceglia's privacy.

In the meantime, Ceglia says he's given Facebook everything else he's been ordered to produce, including his computers and files.

Ceglia, of Wellsville, claims he made a deal with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in 2003 that entitles him to half ownership of the $50 billion company. Zuckerberg says his dealings with Ceglia had nothing to do with Palo Alto, Calif.-based Facebook.