ACS:Law “Wasted Costs” Judgment To Be Handed DownAdded: Thursday, April 21st, 2011
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Anti-piracy law firm engaged in commercial invoicing may have quit this business, but this Monday UK Patents County Court Judge Birss QC was expected to deliver a judgment on whether ACS:Law is responsible for the “wasted costs.” The issue relates to 27 file-sharing cases that had been lumped together due to their “unusual features.”
Anti-piracy law firm ACS:Law, together with MediaCAT, the licensee of the copyrighted content, made an attempt to have all those 27 cases dismissed prior to the trial. However, Judge Birss declined the attempt, pointing out that it would gain an “unwarranted collateral advantage” which the plaintiffs could use in notices later for threatening the defendants with notices avoiding judicial scrutiny.
MediaCAT even decided to announce that the company had quit the mass peer-to-peer lawsuit business, following ACS:Law’s founder who had quit a couple weeks before. In March this year Judge Birss officially dropped 27 file-sharing cases, ruling that MediaCAT was only a “licensee”, but not an actual copyright owner.
One more reason for concern was the revenue-sharing agreement between the two companies, which had allegedly agreed that MediaCat and ACS:Law split money collected at 35:65 percentage. The firms were also claimed to be liable for pursuing a case “which they knew was bound to fail”, thus bringing the legal process into “disrepute”. That was the point where the defendants’ attorney, who produced a copy of the agreement, announced that the above mentioned agreement violated the Solicitors Code of Conduct, which meant that the file-sharers deserved “off the scale” damages for “wasted costs”, asking for around $150,000 for representing the clients.
Now the judgment on “wasted costs” was expected to be delivered this Monday in the Patents County Court. Meanwhile, the attorneys are keeping investigating allegations of harassment made by recipients of warning letters, as well as urging innocent recipients of such letters to contact the law firms.
As for the infamous law firm ACS:Law, its owner Andrew Crossley still faces a review with the Solicitor’s Disciplinary Tribunal due to complaints made by the consumer watchdog “Which?” that said he was engaged in “bullying” innocent people. The case in question is scheduled for “Pre-Listing Day” on June 3rd.
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Thursday, April 21st, 2011
|I hope this POS goes to prison and meets all the butt thumpers.. By the time he gets out he will be wearing a tube top and high heels...||
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