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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Anti-Piracy Outfit Didn’t Turn Up in Court

Anti-Piracy Outfit Didn’t Turn Up in Court

Anti-Piracy Outfit Didn’t Turn Up in Court

Added: Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
A judge-ordered hearing in the UK Patents Court took place recently. The aim of the hearing was to decide how to process all cases anti-piracy group ACS:Law filed against suspected file-sharers. Although the law firm claimed it has no fears of going to court, all the cases of the previous week were dropped and finally, the firm head Andrew Crossley didn’t come to the hearing due to “an unfortunate family accident”.

In December 2010 ACS:Law made a messy attempt to achieve default judgments in the Patents County Court. All cases were against broadband connections whose owners were accused of copyright infringement. ACS:Law has been involved in “pay up or else” schemes in the United Kingdom for a while now, but managed to make a few mistakes in its presentation last month. As a result, all eight defaults were denied.

Judge Birss QC followed a review of outstanding company’s cases. 27 cases of this nature had been found to be filed, many of which had “unusual features”, according to the judge. Judge Birss ordered a directions hearing at the London’s Patents Court to clarify how those cases should be processed.

However, a week ago all the 27 defendants received notifications that their cases had been dropped. Actually, the letters came as no surprise. However, the judge-ordered hearing went ahead as planned.

When the hearing got under way, the Judge announced to be refusing to accept the law firm’s discontinuation of the cases. Meanwhile, attorney of some of the defendants present claimed that they would be seeking costs.

The copyright owner represented by ACS:Law, however, informed the Court that it is unsure what to do, since even at this stage the company managed to introduce another “unusual feature”: the firm’s owner Andrew Crossley failed to appear in Court. The reason announced was “an unfortunate family accident”, and journalists present promised they would look for proof to confirm the validity of his claim.

After discussion about whether or not the copyright owner is even licensed to bring the claims to court on its own, the hearing was postponed until next Monday. Meanwhile, the law firm’s owner seems to be in serious trouble, with defense barristers seeking all costs.

Meanwhile, other individuals targeted by ACS:Law massive lawsuit campaign are recommended to relax and refuse to settle at least until the next court hearing.

Thanks to TorrentFreak for providing the source of the article


By:
SaM
January 19th ,2011

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Wednesday, January 19th, 2011



Comments (1) (please add your comment »)

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posted by Blocked (2011-01-20 10:31:46)
menahunie avatarNOW is the time to attack legally for the people put through hell by these azzholes ACS and this Law firm and others involved in this extortion



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