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NY man's lawyer seeks out of Facebook lawsuit

Another lawyer for NY man suing for part ownership of Facebook seeks to withdraw from case By The Associated Press

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) ' The latest lawyer to represent a New York man suing for part ownership of Facebook wants off the case.

San Diego attorney Jeffrey Lake has asked a federal judge in Buffalo to halt Paul Ceglia's (SEG'-lee-yahz) court proceedings for three weeks to give a new lawyer time to get up to speed following his withdrawal.

The judge on Tuesday gave Facebook until Thursday to respond.

Lake's filing doesn't give a reason for leaving. Before him, lawyers from three other firms left Ceglia's legal team. Hornell attorney Paul Argentieri remains lead counsel.

Ceglia's lawsuit claims he's entitled to half of Facebook because of a 2003 deal he made with the social networking website's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, when they worked on another project.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Facebook says the claim is baseless.

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