Facebook Reaches Settlement In Timelines.com Lawsuit

By Justin Lafferty 

Facebook reached a settlement with Timelines.com, which sued the social network over the naming of its profile page, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The two parties agreed to settle the case out of court, but financial information was not disclosed.

Timelines.com sued Facebook in September 2011, saying that the Timeline profile product infringed upon its website. Facebook responded by arguing that “timeline” is a generic enough term, but it appears that Timelines.com might have had a solid case.

Terms of the deal were not included in the filing, but Timelines.com was seeking compensation on par with revenue that Facebook has derived from its Timeline product.

Facebook subtly noted the settlement in an SEC filing:

We are also party to various legal proceedings and claims that arise in the ordinary course of business. Among these legal matters, in two cases — Summit 6 LLC vs. Research in Motion Corp. et al., and Timelines Inc. vs. Facebook Inc. — we have reached agreements to settle the matters. The cost of settlement in each case, which is included in the accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements for the three months ended March 31, 2013, was not material to our business, financial condition, or results of operations.

Facebook declined to comment. We’ve also reached out to Timelines.com and will update if the company responds.