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Facebook near settlement of lawsuit: report
April 8, 2008 / 6:17 AM / in 10 years

Facebook near settlement of lawsuit: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook is wrapping up the settlement of a lawsuit brought against it by former Harvard students who claim that the idea for the site was originally theirs, the New York Times reported.

<p>A Facebook profile is seen in a handout photo. REUTERS/Handout</p>

Motions to dismiss the case against Facebook were expected within weeks, the New York Times said on its Web site, quoting a person briefed on the talks.

Facebook was founded in 2004 as a social site for students at Harvard University and spread quickly to other colleges and eventually into workplaces.

But the lawsuit brought by a group of former Harvard students revolves around accusations, strongly denied by Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg, that he stole ideas while he was hired by them to write code for a site called Harvard Connection.

A spokeswoman for Facebook was not immediately available for comment.

Reporting by Aarthi Sivaraman; additional reporting by Eric Auchard; Editing by Paul Bolding

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