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