Winklevii Promise To Appeal To Supreme Court

from the and-the-court-will-laugh dept

Well, that didn't take long at all. We noted that the tone deaf Winklevoss twins would probably appeal their latest legal "loss," which "only" entitles them to the $160 million or so from their original settlement with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. Even while I said I expected them to appeal since they'd already gone this far, there was still a little voice in the back of my head saying they couldn't possibly think that the Supreme Court could see a Constitutional issue to consider in their case. And yet... hours later, the Winklevii lawyer has announced plans to appeal to the Supreme Court. And I will announce plans to not laugh out loud when the Supreme Court turns them down.


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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 4:29am

    Appropriate quote....

    "I used to be into sado-masochistic bestial necrophilia..... then I found out I was flogging a dead horse."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2011 @ 4:43am

    I think I get what they're doing.

    They figured that the 160 million are already in the bag (Zuckerberg is willing to negotiate and just pay them to shut up), so they have absolutely nothing to lose (other than lawyer fees, which are pocket change compared with what they can win). So now they are just on a fishing expedition, to see if any court will give them EVEN MORE money or to see if they can make Zuckerberg settle for a bit more.

     

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    Chronno S. Trigger (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 4:54am

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    I would laugh my ass off if the Supreme Court canceled the settlement agreement just because they wasted the court's time. I don't know if it's possible, but in this case it should be. Looking at their Wikipedia article, they're like something from a really bad reality TV show.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2011 @ 5:03am

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    lawyer's fees may be pocket change, but it's probably still a hefty amount of the 160 million they'll win (which their lawyers are probably already getting a portion of).

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 5:04am

    I recently watched the movie "The Social Network" In this movie, the Winklevoss twins were portrayed as petty cry babies who held a vendetta against Zuckerberg for beating them at their own game. At the time, I was thinking that no person could be that petty in real life.

    Thanks for living up to your caricatures, Winklevii.

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 5:06am

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    The Fees are probably in the realm of 10-20% in this case with a set floor in case of a loss. But still $16-36 million is a good deal for any lawyer.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2011 @ 5:25am

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    Boo hoo. They will only get 100 million instead of 160 million for NOT implementing an idea. That so sad :(

    You know what makes me feel really sorry for them? 100 million is just about 100x more (being optimistic?) than what I'll make in my whole life, working hard every single day. They should get 10000x more, because, otherwise, it just isn't fair.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2011 @ 5:33am

    Re: Appropriate quote....

    unless you are the dead horse.. you got the quote wrong.

     

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    Not an Electronic Rodent (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 5:44am

    Re: Re: Appropriate quote....

    Keh? That a grammar objection or do you *not* think Winlevii are "flogging a dead horse" in pursuing this?

     

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    B. Nicholson (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 5:45am

    To get anything at all, they must have them dead to rights

    Being just a couple of guys demonstrating absolute proof of their contention is how they finally got anything at all. Their complaint seeks redress of their unconscionable injury due to loathsome misbehavior on the part of the billionaire's vast negotiation team who felt no obligation to be forthcoming and never saw themselves as having a fiduciary duty to the real co-owners of the company. I do hope that the twins finally get a fair shake.
    I have a similar problem with another website, (www.pheromones.com) but there will be no justice for me.
    That's my handprint in Borne Identity, and notes in my handwriting appear in E.T., Close Encounters, K-PAX, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society and Back to the Future. I invented "The Force", "The Jedi", and "The Pirate Code". Inception, Avatar, Titanic, Forrest Gump, Phantom Menace--all were my creations, but all I got was a pack of microcassette tapes and $1.00 for my cave sax solo in Dead Poets Society in return for signing a piece of paper I couldn't have a copy of. There is absolutely no justice in America, unless the twins can be vindicated and properly and promptly paid.

     

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    FuzzyDuck, May 17th, 2011 @ 5:51am

    Question

    Since the 160 million was a settlement, I assume that implied them not continuing to litigate. Don't they forfeit the settlement by appealing?

     

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    NullOp, May 17th, 2011 @ 5:57am

    No surprise

    The Winklevii are turning out to be a couple of greedy little rich kids, no? No doubt they would say "It's a matter of principle...". Yeah, right!

     

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    Tom Landry (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 7:18am

    They're spoiled millionaires who grew up in a privileged sheltered life, 160 million isn't enough. What's wrong with you Mike?

     

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    The eejit (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 7:48am

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    A clear sense of priorites, right?

     

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    Difster, May 17th, 2011 @ 1:41pm

    I think the Supreme Court should fine them $159.9 million for filing a useless lawsuit.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 17th, 2011 @ 1:56pm

    Re: To get anything at all, they must have them dead to rights

    wtf? You...but...if...wtf?

     

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    B. Nicholson (profile), May 17th, 2011 @ 7:13pm

    Facebook lawsuit

    And one of the tactics of large vested interest is the use of publicists and others to generate spin for their version of events, casting scorn on the honest people seeking redress. Doubtless the vehemence of some of these comments arises from those with vested special interests of that sort. Treble damages are for people who employ such practices.
    I think the twins should take control of the company, break the grasping, lying interloper and drive him out. Perhaps then we will at last have an honest discourse. This din of thieves appears in need of such a remedy.

     

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