On Friday, Judge Douglas Woodlock of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed the lawsuit brought by the identical Winklevoss twins against Facebook and CEO Mark Zurckerberg.
The lawsuit was, like all preceding, brought by ConnectU, the company that the twins had founded with Divya Narendra after graduating Harvard, where the three (and Zuckerberg) attended. It was at the university that the various plans were laid for social networking -- plans that Zuckerberg turned into Facebook, and that the Winklevii consider belong to them to some extent.
So far, that extent has equalled $65 million -- the amount specified in the original 2008 ‘cash and stock accord’ settlement with Facebook (one referred to by Chief Judge Alex Kozynski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as “quite favorable”, which some have interpreted to mean that the court privately believed that they did not deserve even that much). 2008 was the same year that the Winklevoss twins competed as rowers in the Beijing Olympics, as well as the year that Facebook overtook faltering rival MySpace to become the world’s most popular social network -- a title the company still holds.
However, after consideration, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss decided that the full details had not been available to them, and appealed the decision. In April, a federal appeals court in San Fransisco had struck down the appellate suit, and after a few months of further consideration, the twins decided not to take the matter to the Supreme Court.
However, rather than appeal based upon that reasoning, ConnectU filed a different lawsuit in Boston, based around the reasons for the appeal. Namely, the twins and Narendra argued that Facebook had "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence" during the settlement discussions -- evidence that mainly included the talks and emails between the four while still at Harvard.
As many had expected, Judge Woodlock regarded the matter as having been settled, that nothing new had been presented that would warrant new litigation. The twins do not seem to be ready to quit just yet; a lawyer for the litigants has mentioned making a motion for relief (in other words, freeing the twins to file further lawsuits or appeals on similar grounds).
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