But that’s not how our wonderful legal system works in the United States. The suit was once again opened after a circuit court judge granted ConnectU the right to file an appeal last Thursday. CNET reports:
“We hold that the jurisdictional claim in the amended complaint warrants full consideration and constitutes a viable hook on which federal jurisdiction can be hung,” the court document read. “Because this holding is at odds with the conclusions reached by the court below, we reverse the order of dismissal and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.”
Today, the New York Times Bits blog reported that Facebook and ConnectU reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount. Additionally, “the person briefed on the status of the negotiations said motions to dismiss the cases were expected to be filed ‘within weeks.’”
Despite the fact that the case has essentially been reopened, it’s not entirely clear why Facebook would choose to make a deal now, after three and a half years of the lawsuit. Why do you think Facebook chose to do this now?