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It is I, Len Dastard, real life litigation executive and imaginary retired Mexican lucha libre. We have followed this particular story from the off. As a recap, take a look at here.
This has been rumbling on now for quite some time but finally the long-running cases brought by ACS:Law against (supposed) file sharers came to an end this month.
Michael Forrester acting for the Defendants confirmed that a confidential out of court settlement had been reached with ACS:Law. As if that wasn’t enough, Michael Forrester has urged more people to come forward – “It can be incredibly upsetting for people to receive these letters and they may well have a claim in harassment, so we are urging them to come forward.”
Now, what next for ACS:Law? Well, they have ceased trading. Their sole practitioner, Mark Andrew Crossley (instigator of this embarrassing debacle), is due to appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on 18th August 2011. The charges that he faces are:
- Allowing his independence to be compromised.
- Acted contrary to the best interests of his client.
- Acted in a way to diminish the trust placed by the public in the legal profession.
- Giving false statements to the court; and
- Using his position to take unfair advantage of others.
The decision will not be known until October 2011.
When MediaCAT first approached Crossley to deal with these matters I would imagine his eyes lit up. Sending thousands of letters demanding £500 compensation. It would have meant massive bucks for him. As it is, he comes out of this facing the very real prospect that he will be suspended by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. Such a shame.
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When thinking about the past actions of ACS: Law, the company that tried to bully money of of people accused of unlawful file-sharing, many words were used to describe them. Amongst the more pleasant-but-equally-damning utterances, were words like “lamentable”, “improper” and “amateurish”. It turns out they are all perfectly valid criticism, because that’s exactly how a judge has described the law firm.
Having previously been accused of idiotic practices – ACS: Law owner Andrew Crossley asked to have guilty verdicts held against accused filesharers upheld without providing any evidence – a judge has now ruled that Crossley breached the solicitors code of conduct with his “slipshod” methods.
ACS: Law had sent out thousands of speculative letters to recoup damages on behalf of its client, Media CAT, despite the company not owning the copyright to any material that may or may not have been unlawfully downloaded. Both firms went out of business – as coincidence would have it, on the same day as one another – before the case went forward to the Patents County court.
They were taken to court anyway, and yesterday the judge had his say, stating the arrangement between ACS: Law and Media CAT had “brought the legal profession into disrepute” and that the legal firm had breached the solicitors code of conduct. According to The Guardian, Crossley could now have to pay up to £100,000 in legal costs to those he accused of unlawful filesharing.
A nation weeps with sympathy, we’re sure.