Published on June 30, 2011 | by LawNews
Prof. Monroe Freedman Comments on Ceglia’s Ownership Case
DLA Pulls Out of Ceglia’s Ownership Case
By Jan Wolfe
June 29, 2011
In April, when DLA Piper agreed to take on case brought by Paul Ceglia, a businessman from upstate New York claiming to own 84 percent of Facebook, DLA partner Robert Brownlie said the firm “would not have gotten involved if we had any doubts about the facts or evidence in the case.”
The filing does not state a reason for the withdrawal, and DLA isn’t offering any clues. “Due to our attorney-client privilege obligations, there will be no further comment,” the firm said in a statement.
“[They] vouched for the case, and then withdrew, giving the impression that further investigation raised skepticism,” said Monroe Freedman, a professor at Hofstra University School of Law and a consultant to law firms. “Withdrawal is damaging to the client in a way a lawyer should avoid whenever possible.”
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