Hot on the heels of the recent announcement in court that ACS:Law will stop chasing alleged file-sharers, comes an even more dramatic development. According to a document seen by TorrentFreak, both ACS:Law and their copyright troll client MediaCAT have
just completely shut down their businesses. The news comes just days before a senior judge is due to hand down a ruling on the pair's activities.
According to a copy of a document obtained by TorrentFreak, which appears to have been sent out by
Crossley during the last week, ACS:Law have not only stopped all file-sharing related work as previously reported, but actually shut down completely 31st January 2011. Furthermore, the document adds that ACS:Law's only remaining speculative invoicing
client -- MediaCAT -- has also ceased trading.
Ahead of Judge Birss' judgement due on Tuesday, it would seem to some that Mr Crossley and Mr Bowden are attempting to avoid not just 'judicial scrutiny' but financial responsibility for the flawed
claims that they foolishly decided to issue, consumer group BeingThreatened told TorrentFreak on hearing the news: They perhaps hoped that they might gain a judgement which they could use to threaten future letter recipients, instead their greed
has led to the exposure of the significant and manifold flaws in the legal and evidential basis of the speculative invoicing scheme they employed.
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Offsite: Another dressing down
9th February 2011. See article
The Patents Country Court began yet another hearing to announce how more than two dozen previously filed cases should be handled. Judge Birss
QC slammed the scheme operated by the pair and denied them the opportunity to drop the cases.
The court decided that ACS:Law would not be allowed to drop the 26 cases against alleged file-sharers, an answer to one of the key questions from the
earlier hearing. While the copyright holders are being given 14 days to join the action, it is doubtful they will. If this happens, all MediaCAT cases against these defendants will be dismissed in March.
Yet again ACS:Law and client MediaCAT were
heavily criticized, with the Judge reiterating that both companies have a very real interest in avoiding public scrutiny because of the revenue they generated from wholesale letter writing.
Whether it was intended to or not, I
cannot imagine a system better designed to create disincentives to test the issues in court, said the Judge. Why take cases to court and test the assertions when one can just write more letters and collect payments from a proportion of the
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Update: Lawyer suspended
21st January 2012. See article from
Lawyer Andrew Crossley from the now defunct ACS:Law faced the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal over his disastrous foray into speculative invoicing
-- the chasing down of alleged file-sharers with the sole aim of receiving cash settlements. In a surprising turn-around from previous displays of bravado, Crossley contested only one of the seven charges against him. The Tribunal suspended him from
acting as a lawyer for 2 years.