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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Confidential Settlement Reached In File-Sharing Case

Confidential Settlement Reached In File-Sharing Case

Confidential Settlement Reached In File-Sharing Case

Added: Monday, July 25th, 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
The media is tired to report about endless ACS:Law file-sharing case. The latest news was that the British Patents County Court Judge Birss QC had delivered a ruling in favour for applications for “wasted costs” against ACS:Law filed by the defendants to proceed. Now the news is that the case ends with an out-of-court confidential agreement.

Earlier, the media reported about the notorious law firm ACS:Law and its founder Andrew Crossley, which used to send out tens of thousands of “speculative invoicing” notifications to suspected copyright infringers with the sole purpose to scare them and settle with payments of $750 or face trial.

Ultimately, only twenty-seven of the targeted file-sharers were taken to court. Ralli Solicitors, one of the companies that represented a number of the defendants, reported that the issues have finally been settled on a basis confidential between both parties.

Actually, the file-sharing case in question became bad omen for ACS:Law – the company was shut down earlier in 2011, with its sole solicitor, Andrew Crossley, going bankrupt. Ralli Solicitors commented on the settlement, saying that they had considered from an early stage that those actions against their clients had not been brought properly. The solicitor Michael Forrester pointed out that both the judgement and eventual settlement supported their view in all material respects.

Ralli Solicitors was dealing with cases where Internet subscribers had explained how they couldn’t possibly have uploaded or downloaded infringing content, but they were still pursued. The firm also pointed out that the legal basis for the claims that had been made against those suspected subscribers involved quite complex legal and technical principles, which were extremely difficult for a simple person to understand. Therefore, it could lead to an innocent individual being pursued.

Meanwhile, even after the out-of-court confidential settlement, troubles are not over for Andrew Crossley, because he still has to appear in front of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal in order to answer 7 charges of misconduct. The above mentioned charges include “acting without integrity” by deliberately misinforming the courts.

July 25th,2011

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Date:  Monday, July 25th, 2011

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