Twitter’s request to move Peoplebrowsr’s case against the company from state court to federal court has been denied.
Today, Federal District Court Judge Edward Chen ruled that the rest of the case will play out in San Francisco Superior Court. In addition, Twitter will pay “reasonable costs and expenses” to PeopleBrowsr, which include attorneys fees.
PeopleBrowsr’s business relies on full access to Twitter’s data stream, or firehose, of tweets to provide insights to its clients. After creating channel resyndication partnerhips with three third parties: Gnip, Datasift, and Topsy; Twitter planned to limit PeopleBrowsr ‘s access to partial data, noting that its original contract with the company had expired.
PeopleBrowsr won a temporary restraining order against Twitter in November 2012 that prevented the company from blocking access to the firehose.
On December 4,Twitter requested to move the case to federal court, where it would treated as an anti-trust issue rather than a contract dispute.
“The Court agreed with PeopleBrowsr that the complaint relies solely on state law and that it does not have federal jurisdiction over the case,” wrote PeopleBrowsr in a blog post. “The Court noted that ‘The fact that the removal shortly followed the state court’s issuance of a TRO suggests that Twitter’s decision to remove the case was born out of a desire to find a more sympathetic forum.’”
Added PeopleBrowsr, “The next step now is discovery, followed by a state court preliminary injunction hearing.”
In the interim, PeopleBrowsr will retain its temporary restraining order against Twitter and the company will have full access to the firehose.
Twitter did not respond immediately to a request for comment.