Like twin Energizer Bunnies of litigation, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss keep going, and going, and going. Just one day after it was announced that the pair and Divya Narandra would not take their fight with Facebook to the Supreme Court (instead abiding by the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upholds the trio’s original agreement with Mark Zuckerberg), all three told a federal court in Massachusetts that they will go after separate claims alleging Facebook suppressed evidence during the original round of settlement talks, in 2008.
At issue are instant messages, dating back to 2004, that the trio claims show that Zuckerberg intended to steal their original concept for a social network, called ConnectU. The Winklevoss twins and Mr. Narandra allege that Facebook knowingly withheld these messages during the 2008 settlement talks.
The instant messages have already been made public — most notably in a New Yorker profile of Zuckerberg — and on the surface seem quite damning. One chat from Zuckerberg, obtained by Business Insider, reads in part: “Someone is already trying to make a dating site. But they made a mistake haha. They asked me to make it for them. So I’m like delaying it so it won’t be ready until after the facebook thing comes out.”
A legal representative for Facebook, on the other hand, calls the basis for the lawsuits “old and baseless allegations that have been considered and rejected previously by the courts.”
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