Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twin brothers and founders of ConnectU who sued Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for stealing their idea for a collegiate social network, reached the end of the road on Monday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled they cannot undo the settlement agreement into which they entered with Zuckerberg in 2008.
According to The Mercury News, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in the unanimous decision:
At some point, litigation must come to an end. That point has now been reached.
He pointed out that the twins were well aware of what they were doing when they agreed to the settlement and were sufficiently advised by the "half-a-dozen attorneys" they brought to mediation.
The settlement provided for a $20 million cash payment and partial ownership of Facebook, the story says. The brothers argued they had been led to believe the company shares were worth upwards of $35 each, when for tax purposes, Facebook placed the value at just less than $9 per share. Had they been aware of the lower valuation, they would have sought more money.
Because of Facebook's current valuation, the settlement is now worth at least $160 million.