Well, folks, our national nightmare may be over.
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, aka The Winkelvii, have decided to take the money and run. "After careful consideration," they said in a filing yesterday, "they have determined that they will not file a petition" with the Supreme Court.
And so the super-wealthy will now stop pestering the super-wealthy in order to try and become more super-wealthy. Sounds good.
This news comes as a little bit of a surprise, as the Winklevii had proven up until now that they were willing to take their case in front of anyone that would listen. Back in January of this year, they officially revived the lawsuit against Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. They claimed that the settlement that was agreed upon previously ($20 million in cash and $45 million in stock) was not good enough. They said that the settlement was invalid because Zuckerberg had failed to disclose higher valuations of his company.
They took their case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, who decided that the original settlement must be upheld. The chief justice in the case said at the time that "at some point, litigation must come to an end; the point has now been reached." We thought that was the end.
But oh how naive we were to the Winklevii resolve! Unsatisfied with the Court of Appeals' ruling, they demanded that the same court rehear their plea, this time with the full court present instead of the three-judge panel used to make the first ruling.
And the court again rejected their request.
At that point, the Winklevii announced that they would be filing a petition of certiorari with the highest court in the land. And we all began to speculate with abject horror whether or not the Supreme Court would choose to hear the case.
But it looks like we may never get to see the beautiful bronzed Olympians in front of the court. Facebook's Andrew Noyes had this to say about the Winklevii's decision:
"We've considered this case closed for a long time, and we're pleased to see the other party now agrees."
He also retweeted this -
@omarg: Winklevoss twins drop their Facebook lawsuit, go back to pitiable, loser lives of being attractive, athletic millionaires.Lol RT