Facebook paid the founders of ConnectU $65 million to settle lawsuits accusing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of stealing the idea for the wildly successful social-networking Web site, according to a law firm's marketing brochure. Lawyers in the heavyweight fight had expended great effort to keep the settlement secret, but ConnectU's former lawyers from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges published the amount in a firm advertisement trumpeting the firm's prowess. The disclosure was apparently inadvertent.
Quinn Emanuel Brochure Spills Value of Confidential Facebook Settlement
February 10, 2009