Judge tosses latest Winklevoss claim vs. Facebook

A judge has dismissed a motion filed by the Winklevoss twins last month, asking the court to look into whether Facebook and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg were suppressing evidence during the original lawsuit.

The motion filed against Facebook by the Winklevoss twins last month was dismissed in court today.

Reuters reports that a U.S. District Judge dismissed the motion filed last month, which claimed Facebook "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence" during the Winklevoss twins' first suit against the massive social network and its co-founder.

The day before that motion was filed, the Winklevoss twins and their partner, Divya Narendra, dropped their long-running legal dispute with Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, accepting a $65 million settlement versus trying to get the case pushed up to the U.S. Supreme Court .

In a statement given to Reuters, the Winklevoss' lawyer said the court's judgment was "expected."

The twins and Narendra, classmates of Zuckerberg while attending Harvard, claimed in a 2008 lawsuit that Zuckerberg stole their idea for a social-networking site they called ConnectU. (The conflict was depicted in the Academy Award-winning film "The Social Network ," released in 2010.) The trio accepted a $65 million settlement from Facebook and Zuckerberg in exchange for dropping all further litigation against the site but later said the settlement was based on an inaccurate valuation of the company .

Facebook, which is now reportedly worth more than $100 billion, rejected their claims, saying that the Winklevosses and Narendra received their fair share. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Facebook and Zuckerberg in April, upholding the 2008 settlement. That led the Winklevosses and Narendra to announce their intention to appeal their case to the U.S. Supreme Court .

CNET News editor Steven Musil contributed to this report.

 

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