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June 24th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Winklevoss v. Facebook lawsuit lurches on

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Several billion years from now, scientists predict that the universe may end in heat death. That looks like the only thing that will kill off the Winklevoss twins' legal crusade against Facebook.

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss on Wednesday abandoned their plans to appeal to the Supreme Court for an unwinding of their 2008 settlement with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

But the zombie litigation still won't die. On Thursday, the twins filed a motion in a Boston federal court on a separate case alleging that Facebook "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence" - namely, online instant messages that they say help prove their claims. That case, which started with a copyright infringement complaint, has been pending since 2007.

Neel Chatterjee, counsel for Facebook, said in an e-mail that "these are old and baseless allegations that have been considered and rejected previously by the courts."

The genesis of the dozens of court filings began in 2004, when the Winklevoss twins and a third Harvard classmate, Divya Narendra, filed suit against Facebook and Zuckerberg. The three alleged that Zuckerberg had stolen the idea for Facebook from them - an idea dramatized last year in the Oscar-nominated movie "The Social Network."

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