Just when you thought that Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss’ legal shtick couldn’t get more ridiculous, a U.S. appeals court has frozen all litigation on the matter so that the twins can take their case to the Supremes. Yeah, good luck with that!
U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco yesterday agreed to halt all litigation related to the Winklevii until they submit a request with the U.S. Supreme Court to undo the dismissal of their previous claims.
“We appreciate the Ninth Circuit’s careful consideration of this case and are pleased the court ruled in Facebook’s favor,” said Andrew Noyes, a spokesperson for the company, via email.
If you weren’t following this case closely, it might look like a victory for the Winklevii rather than Facebook. But many legal experts say that the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t likely to reverse the prior dismissal of the twins’ case — and that’s assuming the Supremes even give it the time of day.
Like Forbes‘ headline says, “There’s a ’0.00%’ Chance That Supreme Court Will Take The Winklevoss Facebook Case.”
The twins have already failed at at an attempt to get the Court of Appeals to rehear the case — and this is a reprise of this denial, which has happened so many times I’ve honestly lost count.
But yesterday’s denial came with added oomph from the Ninth Circuit: “No further petitions for rehearing or rehearing en banc may be filed.”
If the state appellate court is fed up with this case, it seems unlikely that the Supremes would want to force its revival either. By now, people have come to equate the twins with greed, for their continued insistence that the settlement — now worth more than $100 million due to the rise in Facebook’s share price — is not enough.
With the huge caseload of pressing issues facing the Supreme Court, anything other than a dismissal or denial would come as a surprise. Readers, what do you think about the latest chapter in the Winklevii suit against Facebook?