by Mike Masnick
Mon, May 16th 2011 6:58pm
Well, this is hardly a surprise. A month ago, Judge Kozinski told the Winklevoss twins (the "Winklevii") that they couldn't back out of their settlement agreement with Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg, which was worth "only" $160 million, saying, "At some point, litigation must come to an end. That point has now been reached." However, the Winklevii apparently couldn't just take their money and cry all the way to the bank, but asked the court for an en banc hearing (basically a rehearing of the appeal with all of the judges, rather than just a panel of three). As I stated at the time, I thought it would be a surprise if the court accepted this... and that was an easy call. The court has rejected the request without comment, meaning the only thing left to do is to appeal to the Supreme Court (well, or just take their $160 million...). Given how the Winklevii have acted up until now, it wouldn't surprise me at all to see them try to take this to the Supreme Court, though I can't fathom a situation under which the Supreme Court would care. This case was over a long time ago. It's just the Winklevii who haven't realized it yet.
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