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【财经新闻】Winklevoss Twins Can't Back Out of Deal on Facebook, Judge Says文克莱沃斯孪生兄弟撤

(2011-04-13 23:24:09)
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Winklevoss Twins Can't Back Out of Deal on Facebook, Judge Says

文克莱沃斯孪生兄弟撤销与Facebook和解协议遭败诉

April 12,2011            By SCOTT MORRISON     Wall Street Journal

 

The Winklevoss twins must live with the settlement they struck with Facebook Inc., a U.S. appeals court ruled Monday.

美国上诉法院周一判决,卡梅伦•文克莱沃斯(Cameron Winklevoss)和泰勒•文克莱沃斯(Tyler Winklevoss)孪生兄弟必须接受他们此前与Facebook达成的和解协议。

 

"At some point, litigation must come to an end," wrote Chief Judge Alex Kozinski in his opinion. "That point has now been reached."

首席法官Alex Kozinski在判决书中写道,“诉讼必须在某个时刻结束。而这个时刻已经到了。”

 

In a 2008 settlement—dramatized last year by the Hollywood film "The Social Network"—Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss got $20 million in cash and $45 million in Facebook stock to drop their suit claiming that Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea after he agreed to work for their company, called ConnectU, on a similar website.

正如去年好莱坞电影《社交网络》提到的那样,2008年,文克莱沃斯兄弟对Facebook联合创始人扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)提起诉讼,称扎克伯格在同意为他们的公司ConnectU工作后盗取了这个类似社交网站的创意,后来双方达成和解协议,两兄弟获得了2000万美元的现金和Facebook价值4500万美元的股票。

 

However, the Winklevoss twins, along with ConnectU co-founder Divya Narendra, tried to back out of the settlement, claiming they were duped about the valuation of Facebook.

然而,文克莱沃斯兄弟与ConnectU另一位联合创始人纳伦德拉(Divya Narendra)试图撤销这份和解协议,声称他们被Facebook的估值欺骗了。

 

The ConnectU founders accepted their $45 million of stock at a price that valued Facebook at $15 billion—the same value that Microsoft Corp. had given Facebook in an investment in the company several months earlier.

ConnectU三位创始人接受4500万美元Facebook股票时,Facebook的估值为150亿美元,而这与微软公司在几个月前向Facebook提出的投资计划价值一样。

 

Yet after they signed the settlement, the Winklevosses said they learned that Facebook's board had adopted an internal valuation of just $3.7 billion. Had this lower valuation been used, the Winklevoss twins would have received more Facebook shares in the settlement.

但在签署协议后,文克莱沃斯兄弟说,他们了解到Facebook董事会内部通过的估值仅为37亿美元。如果采用这一更低的估值,他们会拿到更多的Facebook股份。

 

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recently led a $500 million funding round in Facebook that values the Palo Alto, Calif., company at $50 billion. That gives the Winklevoss shares from the settlement a value of about $150 million.

高盛集团(Goldman Sachs Group Inc.)最近向Facebook注资5亿美元,Facebook的估值达到500亿美元。这就使得文克莱沃斯兄弟从和解协议所得的股票价值达到约1.5亿美元。

 

Facebook argued that the ConnectU founders were simply suffering from "settlers' remorse" in trying to back out of the settlement.

Facebook认为,ConnectU创始人试图撤销和解协议仅仅是事后反悔而已。

 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit agreed, saying the twins weren't the first parties bested by a competitor who then sought to get through litigation what they were unable to achieve in the marketplace.

联邦上诉法院第九巡回审判庭(U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit)表示同意,说文克莱沃斯兄弟是被竞争对手击败、然后寻求通过诉讼来获取他们无法在市场中得到的东西,而这已不是首例。

 

"The courts might have obliged, had the Winklevosses not settled their dispute and signed a release of all claims against Facebook," Judge Kozinski said. But he said he saw no reason to allow them to back out of the settlement.

Alex Kozinski法官说,如果文克莱沃斯兄弟没有就争端达成协议,并签署放弃对Facebook所有指控的文件,那么法庭也许会有所考虑。他说,但他没有看到允许他们撤销协议的任何理由。



Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704662604576257070922158998.html#ixzz1JKITr3G8

 

 

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                                                          Translated by 川透社:刘东 夏凡 高杨

                                                             当日责任人:刘东  责编:段婷

 

 

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