A nation cheers as ACS:Law shuts down before court case

7 February 2011

The internet, earlier today

Ah, ACS:Law. You remember them? They're the legal firm who tried to bully damages out of people suspected of illegal file-sharing, but without providing any proof. They're also the same legal eagles who attempted to have judgments upheld against a group of these individuals, again without providing evidence, at which point the judge involved laughed them out of court.

Now, before that particular case continues in the Patents County Court tomorrow afternoon, ACS:Law has closed for business. While it's a victory for both consumers and common sense, it poses an issues for the lawyers of the defendants in the case, because they want to claim damages against ACS:Law.

What crazy random coincidental timing, eh readers?

What's more interesting, is that ACS:Law's only client in pursuing filesharers, MediaCAT, also ceased trading on the same day - 31st January. With the assistance of ACS:Law, MediaCAT had been attempting to extract money from individuals for sharing material that MediaCAT didn't actually own the copyright to - one of the many, many reasons that their escapades were mocked by the courts.

According to TorrentFreak, the court case is still likely to go ahead tomorrow, since ACS:Law was not a limited company; its owner Andrew Crossley is still personally liable for all the actions of his firm. Couldn't happen to a nicer bloke, obviously.

[TorrentFreak] thanks to avid Bitterwallet reader Marcus

11 comments

  • Matt
    Sometimes, I read a story that eases a smile onto my cynical, jaded face. This is one of those stories.
  • Andrew s.
    *squeak*
  • qwertyuiop
    Raises the question just how competent a Lawyer Andrew Crossley is in the first place, apparently taking this action, in his own words, because of death threats. Death threats from who? Obama? Or some spotty faced, overweight virgin who lives in his parent's basement? Good luck ever working in the industry again, herr Crossley!
  • Paddy
    My mate (honest!) was on the list of people who were leaked. To be honest, it didn't surprise me as he is a proper snaggy bar steward.....
  • Alexis
    My mate wrote back and demanded they provide proof it was his ip address. They never replied.
  • Daniel
    +1 @ Matt
  • Fox B.
    @ Paddy By any chance is your mate the one on the tail wing of the Ryanair aeroplane with the over sized suitcase getting shafted by you?
  • Tom
    Goes to show it must be a sham company, you would never never never set law firm up and not separate it from your personal finance (ltd etc) you're just asking to loose your house.
  • Stu_
    Ground hog day? www.which.co.uk/news/2011/01/acs-law-stops-pursuing-file-sharers-243011/
  • Ten B.
    [...] nation cheers as ACS:Law shuts down before court [...]
  • andy y.
    Bumping up old news eh?

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