The Winklevoss twins may have dropped their suit against Facebook before it reached the U.S. Supreme Court, but that’s not to say they’re done fighting for what they believe is right. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, along with their business partner Divya Narendra, are filing a new case against Facebook in a federal court in Boston. The filing comes a day after the brothers put Facebook’s legal team at ease by announcing they would not appeal an earlier court decision.
The brothers initially turned down a settlement offer in 2008 because they said it was unfairly calculated. They contend that Facebook left out crucial evidence that would have bolstered their case for more substantial settlement terms. The case filed in Boston yesterday asks the court to investigate if Facebook "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence." In response, a Facebook attorney said the claims are "old and baseless."
The evidence in question is a series of instant messages that were leaked shortly after the Winklevoss brothers agreed to the settlement back in 2008. Though Facebook’s legal team concluded the messages were not incriminating, they did admit that they painted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in an unfavorable light. In one of the message exchanges, Zuckerberg tells a friend that he is purposely delaying a similar project that the Winklevosses hired him to work on, so that he could build up and launch Facebook in the interim.