Tuesday, July 26, 2011

UPDATE: Bye, Bye Winklevi

NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14:  Tyler Winklevoss and ...Image by Getty Images via @daylifeU.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Judge Douglas P. Woodlock last week dismissed the case of ConnectU v. Facebook (Case No. 07-10593), perhaps ending at last the 100 years' war involving Harvard alumni Mark Zuckerberg and Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss concerning the origins of Facebook.

The Winklevoss twins filed a Motion  July 1 for discovery to gain a peek at sealed and confidential files to determine whether Zuckerberg and his counsel "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence," the absence of which, the Olympic rowing twins claimed, deceived them into accepting a settlement of their lawsuit in 2008. Judge Woodlock said the files at issue were irrelevant because the case at issue already was closed when the parties resolved their dispute in 2008. (See "TUOL" posts 6/24/11, 6/23/11, 5/17/11.)

As reported by Bostonbizjournals.com, the Winklevoss brothers each received $20 million and Facebook stock valued at $65 million in 2008 in return for dismissing their claim that Zuckerberg stole the Facebook social media monster idea from them. The July 1 Motion sought access to 2004 instant messages purportedly sent by Zuckerberg while working with the twins on a related social media project.

Bad news for those craving a sequel to The Social Network.

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