All those internal Facebook emails that got handed to MP Damian Collins during the UK’s fake-news inquiry, when he purportedly spooked Six4Three’s managing director into whipping out a USB drive?

A California court agrees with Facebook: a judge said on Friday that the “I panicked” explanation from Six4Three’s Ted Kramer could stand a bit of scrutiny. After all, Kramer handed over highly confidential documents, which he was explicitly told not to do during the company’s legal battle with Facebook. The whole thing looks more like a plot to leak confidential data than a flustered moment in an MP’s office, the court says.

Judge V. Raymond Swope, of the ­superior court of California, ruled that there was prima facie evidence that Six4Three had plotted to “commit a crime or fraud” by leaking the emails in violation of an earlier court order. Prima facie evidence is that which is sufficient to establish a fact or raise a presumption unless disproved or rebutted.

Six4Three’s legal team had been trying to hide the developer’s conversations with British MPs, claiming that they should be protected under attorney-client privilege. But given that prima facie evidence points to Six4Three having potentially leaked the emails, the court has ordered the developer to hand over all such records.

A bikini-sized bite of background

Six4Three, the former ‘wanna-see-your-gal-pals-in-bikinis?’ app developer, in 2015 launched a suit over Facebook’s 2014 decision to shut down the Friends data API, through which users could allow thousands of third-party apps to track their friends’ location, status, and interests.

No Facebook Friends API, no “pikinis” from Six4Three – a kicking-off-the-knees move that crippled the developer. In its suit, Six4Three alleged that Facebook turned off the tap as a way of forcing developers to buy advertising, transfer intellectual property or even sell themselves to it at a bargain basement price.