With the news last week that the Winklevoss twins had dropped their long running discpute with Facebook, it seems the legal proceedings have started again with a fresh lawsuit against the company. In it, the twins claim that Facebook had "intentionally or inadvertently suppressed evidence" during their previous litigation. The row dates back from 2003, when Mark Zuckerberg was hired to write the code for an earlier social networking site thought up by the twins. Zuckerberg never completed the code, and instead went on to set up Facebook, which became a success around the world.
In 2008 a settlement was reached in the region of $65 million. In January 2011 the Winklevosses tried to reopen the case, seeking more money. However, a US appeals court ruled in April that they would have to accept the settlement. The twins initially said they would appeal against the settlement, but decided this week not to pursue that legal avenue.
The most recent suit filed on Thursday with the US District Court of Massachusetts, the Winklevosses said that Facebook had hid some information from them during earlier settlement proceedings. They said that Mr Zuckerberg did not disclose some important documents in relation to the relationship between him and the twins while they were at Harvard. Facebook's outside counsel Neel Chatterjee said in a statement: "These are old and baseless allegations that have been considered and rejected previously by the courts."