The court is being asked to undo the $65 million settlement reached in theFacebook v. ConnectU case so the famously litigious and toned Winklevoss twins (and their lesser-written-about Harvard pal) can take a fresh stab at getting even more money from arch-enemy Mark Zuckerberg.
As reported in Legal Pad yesterday, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, a techie who responded to an e-mail from Legal Pad in lightning-fast speed, offered: “I don’t have a Facebook account; never have.” The other two judges on the panel said through their chambers they weren’t keen on answering the question.
During a speech at Vanderbilt’s law school, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer mentioned the film while making the point that judges must consider new technology when dealing with constitutional issues.
“If I’m applying the First Amendment, I have to apply it to a world where there’s an Internet, and there’s Facebook, and there are movies like … ‘The Social Network,’ which I couldn’t even understand,” he said, according to AP.
The matter before the Ninth Circuit is over old-fashioned issues such as the enforceability of settlements and allegations of securities fraud. Still, it’ll be interesting to hear if the judges make any commentary about the social networking phenomenon.
The Court has granted a TV station access to record the arguments and Legal Pad will report as well. This will be an interesting case to watch.