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Winklevoss Twins Take New Path in Facebook Fight

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, the twin Olympic rowers from Greenwich, may have abandoned an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court about Facebook. But the two are have asked a federal judge in Boston to let them determine whether Facebook hid instant messages that might have helped their claim that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea from them, Reuters new service has reported.

The Winklevosses on Wednesday said they won't ask the nation's top court to undo a 2008 settlement with Zuckerberg. But they said in the court filing in Boston that they are seeking to find out whether Zuckerberg or Facebook "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence."

Neel Chatterjee, a lawyer for Facebook, said in an email that "these are old and baseless allegations that have been considered and rejected previously by the courts."

The brothers were unsuccessful in federal trial and appeals courts in California in their effort to revoke the settlement of their claims in a 2004 lawsuit that Zuckerberg stole the idea for Facebook. They alleged that Palo Alto, Calif.-based Facebook didn't disclose an accurate valuation of its shares before they agreed to the $65 million cash and stock agreement.

Tyler Meade, a lawyer in Berkeley, Calif., representing the twins, said in Thursday's court filing that he's relying on a federal rule that allows judges to reopen litigation if important information wasn't produced.

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