- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - A New York man who’s suing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for a stake in the social media giant has a new lawyer.

A filing in U.S. District Court in Buffalo says San Diego attorney Jeffrey Lake is now representing Paul Ceglia (SEGG’-lee-uh), of Wellsville, N.Y.

Lake replaces the New York firm of DLA Piper and the Buffalo firm of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman. Dennis Vacco, a partner in the Buffalo firm, declined to comment Wednesday on the switch.

Lawyers for Ceglia and Palo Alto, Calif.-based Facebook are due in court Thursday for a hearing on the case.

Ceglia claims a contract he and Zuckerberg signed in 2003 entitles him to half ownership of Facebook. Zuckerberg calls the document a fraud.

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