I wanted to start this post by saying something like “Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’ legal crusade against Facebook has finally come to an end.” But the thing is, I’ve already written that post. Twice. And here we are again.
Just to recap, for those at the back: Winklevosses filed their “No, seriously, Facebook was our idea” lawsuit in 2004. In 2008 they settle for many millions of dollars. A few month later they say they got “swindled” and start litigation over the settlement that made them rich. They also fight their own lawyers in a malpractice dispute-and lose. They take their fight to overturn the settlement to a federal appeals court-and lose. They petition for a bigger appeals hearing-and lose. They say they’ll go to the U.S. Supreme Court, but think better of it and instead ask to re-open the whole case, claiming Facebook didn’t give them key evidence. And the conclusion is-prepare to be shocked-they lost.
U.S. District Judge Douglas Woodlock filed a one-page order dismissing the case today without comment. Which is really the only appropriate response at this point.
Of course the Winklevosses’ new lawyers believe there was serious discovery misconduct, so perhaps they’ll be back with exciting, sparkling new arguments that absolutely must be heard for the sake of truth, justice, and social-networking… or something. In any case. Story over.