ACS:Law in trouble with the courts over unlawful file-sharing case
ACS:Law have had a motion they put to the courts thrown out by the judge presiding over the case. The company requested to have 27 cases dropped but the judge instead decided that following a review that he would be refusing to accept a discontinuation of the cases for the moment. The cases concerned alleged file-sharing incidents which were being brought by ACS:Law's client MediaCat. Due to procedural and legal irregularities by MediaCat, Judge Briss QC had decided to try all these cases at once. Despite sending letters to defendants stating they were dropping the cases, this will not now happen.
ACS:Law are themselves facing disciplinary proceedings for failing to bring individuals to court whilst sending out invoices to users who had allegedly taken part in unlawful file-sharing. Another faux-pas by the company meant that following a DDoS, the company leaked personal information of broadband customers who were being pursued by the company.
Lawyers who were present at the hearing on Monday for defendants said they would be seeking costs against MediaCat and ACS:Law. The judge will rule on this at a later date. Andrew Crossley, the owner of ACS:Law also failed to show for the hearing due to a family accident. After a discussion about whether MediaCat are even able to bring these claims to court, the judge decided to postpone the hearing until Monday 24th January to allow everyone to examine the current state of these cases. More detailed information about the hearing can be read at the Open Rights Group and Torrent Freak websites.