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Paul Ceglia, Man Claiming Half Of Facebook, Must Return To U.S.: Judge

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11/ 3/11 12:32 PM ET   AP

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A New York man who's been staying in Ireland while his lawsuit claiming half ownership of Facebook is argued has been told to come home.

The Buffalo News ( ) reports that a federal judge ordered Paul Ceglia (SEHG'-lee-uh) on Wednesday to return to western New York to search for a missing flash drive that Facebook attorneys believe contains important evidence. http://bit.ly/w0Wkeo

The Wellsville man claims he's got emails and a 2003 contract with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that entitle him to 50 percent ownership of the social network that's worth an estimated $50 billion.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Facebook says the claim is baseless, built on a doctored contract and made-up emails. Zuckerberg's lawyers believe the missing drive will help disprove Ceglia's case.

Ceglia says his experts concluded the contract is authentic.

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