Winklevoss twins abandon court fight over Facebook

A famous court fight over who really created Facebook may finally be coming to an end. Reuters reports that Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twin brothers who had previously claimed that Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for the now massively popular social networking web site, will no longer take an appeal of their 2008 settlement deal with Zuckerberg and Facebook to the US Supreme Court.

The dispute involving the Winklevoss twins, which were both portrayed famously by actor Armie Hammer in the Facebook movie The Social Network, began just six days after Zuckerberg and others launched the first version of Facebook at Harvard University in 2004. The twins, along with another student, Divya Narendra, claimed that Zuckerberg said he would help them build a social networking site. They decided to launch a lawsuit against Zuckerberg and Facebook and the trio eventually accepted a $65 million settlement deal. However they later decided to appeal the settlement. They wanted more money, claiming that Facebook had hid certain information from them.

However, this week the Winklevoss twins and Narendra decided not to take their case to the Supreme Court after a ruling last April by a federal appeals court upheld the original settlement deal with Facebook. The trio did not state why they decided to abandon their settlement appeal. Facebook sent out a statement that said, "We've considered this case closed for a long time, and we're pleased to see the other party now agrees." According to the article, this new court development "clears the way for Facebook to seek the dismissal of a related lawsuit filed in Boston federal court."

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