The Facebook, Inc. v. Connectu, Inc et al

Filing 488

OBJECTIONS to re 479 Response ( Non Motion ) [Proposed] Form of Release of Claims by Mark Zuckerberg, The Facebook, Inc. by ConnectU LLC. (Holtzman, Steven) (Filed on 7/11/2008)

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The Facebook, Inc. v. Connectu, LLC et al Doc. 488 1 STEVEN C. HOLTZMAN (CA BAR NO. 144177) sholtzman@bsfllp.com 2 BOIES SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 900 3 Oakland, CA 94612 Telephone: (510) 874-1000 4 Facsimile: (510) 874-1460 5 D. MICHAEL UNDERHILL (pro hac vice) munderhill@bsfllp.com 6 BOIES SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP 5301 Wisconsin Avenue NW 7 Washington, D.C. 20015 Telephone: (202) 237-2727 8 Facsimile: (202) 237-6131 9 Attorneys for Defendant CONNECTU, INC. 10 11 12 13 14 THE FACEBOOK, INC. and MARK ZUCKERBERG, 15 Plaintiffs, 16 v. 17 CONNECTU, INC. (formerly known as 18 CONNECTU, LLC), PACIFIC NORTHWEST SOFTWARE, INC., WINSTON WILLIAMS, 19 and WAYNE CHANG, 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 CONNECTU'S OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED FORM OF RELEASE 5:07-CV-01389-JW Dockets.Justia.com UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA SAN JOSE DIVISION Case No. 5:07-CV-01389-JW CONNECTU, INC.'S OBJECTIONS TO THE FACEBOOK, INC. AND MARK ZUCKERBERG'S PROPOSED FORM OF RELEASE Defendants. 1 ConnectU, Inc. ("ConnectU") respectfully submits the following objections to the 2 [PROPOSED] FORM OF RELEASE OF CLAIMS BY FACEBOOK, INC. AND MARK 3 ZUCKERBERG ("Facebook's release") (Docket No. 479) submitted in response to the Judgment 4 Enforcing Settlement Agreement entered by the Court on July 2, 2008 ("Judgment") (Docket No. 5 476). ConnectU submits these objections without waiving any rights to appeal or otherwise to 6 set aside the Judgment and reserving all rights with respect thereto. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1. ConnectU objects to Facebook's failure to release its claims against Pacific Northwest Software, Inc., Winston Williams, and Wayne Chang. This omission is inconsistent with paragraph 1 of the Term Sheet & Settlement Agreement, which provides that the agreement "will settle all disputes between ConnectU and its related parties." Pacific Northwest Software, Inc., Winston Williams, and Wayne Chang are parties to this case and should have been included in Facebook's release. Alternatively, to the extent that Facebook is taking the position that Pacific Northwest Software, Inc., Winston Williams, and Wayne Chang are not entitled to releases under the Term Sheet & Settlement Agreement, the mirror-image language releasing Facebook's related parties (Messrs. Moskovitz, McCollum, Hughes, and Severin) in the proposed release submitted by ConnectU should be omitted. 2. ConnectU objects to language releasing unknown claims, including the reference to California Civil Code Section 1542 in paragraph 3 of Facebook's release. The Term Sheet & Settlement Agreement provides in paragraph 2 that the parties "get mutual releases as broad as possible." Because it says nothing about waiving its rights to pursue unknown claims or waiving its rights under California Civil Code 1542, no such waiver may be implied. See Cal. Civ. Code 1542 ("a general release does not extend to claims which the creditor does not know or suspect to exist in his favor at the time of executing the release, which if known by him would have materially affected his settlement with the debtor"); Casey v. Proctor, 59 Cal. 2d 97, 105 (Cal. 1963) ("It therefore appears beyond reasonable doubt that Civil Code section 1542 was intended by its drafters to preclude the application of a release to unknown claims in the absence of a showing, apart from the words of the release of an intent to include such claims"). 2 CONNECTU'S OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED FORM OF RELEASE 5:07-CV-01389-JW 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 3. ConnectU objects to Facebook's attempt to make the releases effective upon approval by the Court. See Facebook's Release at 1 ("[t]his Release of Claims...shall be effective upon approval of the Court"). ConnectU's proposed release makes clear that the release becomes effective only when there is a final non-appealable order. Docket No. 478. Significantly, Facebook previously agreed to this formulation in its proposed "Mutual Release of Claims" attached as Exhibit 2 to the PROPOSED FORMS OF JUDGMENT submitted to the Court on June 30, 2008: This Mutual Release of Claims ("Mutual Release") shall be effective five (5) Court days after the Judgment entered on July ___, 2008, in Facebook, Inc. and Mark Zuckerberg v. ConnectU, Inc. et al., Case No. 5:05-cv01389-JW, becomes final and non-appealable (the "Effective Date"). 12 Docket No. 469-2 at page 10. 13 Moreover, there is nothing in the Judgment that provides a basis for Facebook's new 14 proposal that the releases should become effective upon approval. ConnectU intends to appeal 15 the Court's ruling and judgment and should not be subject to the argument that any actions it 16 takes in complying with the Court's order impairs its ability to prosecute its appeal, including the 17 ability to argue that the Term Sheet & Settlement Agreement is void due to fraud in the 18 inducement. ConnectU's proposal does not prejudice Facebook and is consistent with the 19 Court's Order that the executed release documents be held by the Special Master subject to 20 further order of the Court. 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3 CONNECTU'S OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED FORM OF RELEASE 5:07-CV-01389-JW 4. ConnectU objects that Facebook's release does not define the term "Lawsuits," which is a term used in Facebook's release document. ConnectU's proposed release contains a definition of "Lawsuit" encompassing this case and the District of Massachusetts lawsuits consistent with the Term Sheet & Settlement Agreement, which should be embodied in the releases that are ultimately approved by the Court. 1 Date: July 11, 2008 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4 CONNECTU'S OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED FORM OF RELEASE 5:07-CV-01389-JW Respectfully submitted, BOIES, SCHILLER & FLEXNER LLP /s/ Steven C. Holtzman Steven C. Holtzman Attorneys for Defendant ConnectU, Inc. 1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE 2 I hereby certify that this document(s) filed through the ECF system will be sent electronically to the registered participants as identified on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) and paper copies 3 will be sent to those indicated as non-registered participants on July 11, 2008. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 5 CONNECTU'S OBJECTIONS TO PROPOSED FORM OF RELEASE 5:07-CV-01389-JW Dated: July 11, 2008 /s/ Steven C. Holtzman Steven C. Holtzman

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