Case of the Mondays: The Winklevoss Twins Lose Facebook Appeal

Case of the Mondays: The Winklevoss Twins Lose Facebook Appeal

Apr 12, 2011

Welcome to Case of the Mondays, a weekly post that takes a look around Hollywood to see who's having the worst day.

If you saw The Social Network, then you know who the Winklevoss Twins are. Played by Armie Hammer in the movie, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are a set of identical twins who wound up suing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for millions after he allegedly stole their idea for a social networking site and re-jiggered it so that he could launch his own, eventually turning it into a site that allows your nosy mother to track your every move. (Oh c'mon, like I'm the only guy who has a mother that stalks him on Facebook!)

Anyway, yeah, so these Winklevoss twins actually won a settlement that awarded them $65 million, with 20 of that in cash and the rest in Facebook stock. Not bad for doing nothing but complain about being one-upped by a smart kid (heck, I would've settled for a lot less!), but, unfortunately, Tyler and Cameron wanted more. A lot more. Taking into account that Facebook is now worth more money than you could ever dream about (times infinity), the twins appealed their settlement in the hopes of cashing in even more.

And if I can take a minute to repeat: Yes, the boys appealed a settlement that awarded them $65 million in the hopes of making more. Their balls are actually that big.

Naturally, their appeal was just rejected by judges who kinda feel the same way I do, only they're a lot more eloquent in their choice of delivery, noting, "The Winklevosses are not the first parties bested by a competitor who then seek to gain through litigation what they were unable to achieve in the marketplace. At some point, litigation must come to an end. That point has now been reached."

So, tonight, while you're eating one of the many frozen meals you bought on sale at Costco because you can't afford to go out to dinner anymore, make sure you pour one out for the Winklevoss boys.

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