Ceglia v. Zuckerberg et al
REPLY/RESPONSE to re 583 Order on Motion to Strike filed by Paul D. Ceglia. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service)(Argentieri, Paul)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
PAUL D. CEGLIA,
Civil Action No. : 1:10-cv-00569-RJA
RESPONSE TO FILING OF NEW
MARK ELLIOT ZUCKERBERG, Individually, and
In the Court’s decision and order, Doc. No. 583, denying Plaintiff’s motion to
strike, Doc. No. 499, the Court ordered Plaintiff to file any rebuttal expert reports
within ten (10) days.
After consultation with Plaintiff’s experts, it has been determined that the
submission of an additional report to refute Defendants’ expert Lesnevich’s new
report, Doc. No. 472-1, is unnecessary. A complete refutation of all the claims in
that report, Doc. No. 472-1, appear in previously filed Plaintiff’s expert reports, Doc.
No. 416 (Expert report of Larry Stewart) and Doc. No. 415 (Expert report of James
Blanco). Therefore, Plaintiff directs the court and his staff to those two reports for
Plaintiff’s response to Defendants’ new report from Mr. Lesnevich.
To assist the Court, the following is a list of the four conclusions contained in
Lesnevich’s supplemental report, Doc. No. 472-1, and the counter opinion from
Plaintiff’s experts. This summary illustrates the existence of dueling experts that
exists in every relevant area of this case:
Conclusion One - “Ceglia has proffered at least two different physical
documents as the Work for Hire document.” Doc. No. 472-1 at 73. Lesnevich
himself said, “[T]he poor reproduction quality and distortion of the questioned
written entry . . . makes the scanned copy unsuitable for examination and
comparison of the handwriting that appears on the document.” Doc. No. 52,
para. 15-16. Lesnevich’s comparison and conclusions are flawed and
unreliable because he was unwittingly comparing a grossly altered copy of the
FB contract with the original. Doc. No. 481 at 39. Finally, Plaintiff’s expert
James Blanco has concluded differently, “I have performed detailed analysis of
these different documents and have determined that they are just four
different copies of the same document page, only scanned/copied and reprinted
by various different machine processes.” Doc. No. 415 at 27.
Conclusion Two - “The questioned ‘Mark Zuckerberg’ signature and date of
signature on the Work for Hire document were not written by Mark
Zuckerberg.” Doc. No. 472-1 at 73. Lesnevich claims evidence of a trace
forgery of the Mark Zuckerberg signature. Plaintiff’s expert Blanco has found
the opposite, “Another significant finding was that this “Mark Zuckerberg”
signature was written rapidly revealing free flowing and spontaneous rhythm.
Examinations did not reveal evidence that rose to demonstrate tremor,
patching or misinterpretation of letter construction to argue that this
questioned no evidence of a trace forgery.” Doc. No. 415 at 38.
Conclusion Three - “The questioned “MZ” initials on the Work for Hire
document were not written by Mark Zuckerberg.” Doc. No. 472-1 at 74.
Plaintiff’s expert Blanco concluded the opposite, “Given all of these observed
handwriting similarities, the handwriting features present in the questioned
“MZ” initials did represent the natural, normal and genuine handwriting
characteristics of Mark Zuckerberg as demonstrated by his EXHIBIT 19
known specimen initials.” Doc. No 415 at 46.
Conclusion Four - “The questioned “Paul Ceglia” signature and date of
signature on the Work for Hire document are tracings.” Doc. No 472-1 at 74.
Plaintiff’s expert Blanco’s conclusion, sums it all up. “The original Facebook
Contract...examined by all of the document experts is an authentic, unaltered
document. The sum of the evidence reveals that page 1 of the Facebook
Contract was originally executed together with page 2 as a companion
document. Based on the detailed forensic analysis of this two-page document,
there is no justification or support for the defendant’s theory of a page 1
substitution, forgery or fraud. The sum of the evidence shows that page 1 was
not a later inserted page to the original two-page document set.” Doc. No. 415
Paul A. Argentieri
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