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UK File-Sharing Lawyers ACS:Law Shut Up Shop Ahead of Court 76

nk497 writes "Controversial legal firm ACS Law and its sole file-sharing client Media CAT have shut down their businesses, days before a ruling is due in a case they brought to the UK Patent Court. ACS Law is infamous for sending out letters to alleged illegal file sharers, demanding payment and threatening law suits. Now that ACS has a case before a judge, it's trying to drop the cases, and has now completely closed its doors. The defendants' lawyers are trying to keep the case going, in order to be able to claim back costs." That sounds right in line with other recent ACS happenings, from getting upbraided by a judge to being blacklisted by an ISP, and even putting the brakes on the file-sharing cases themselves.
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UK File-Sharing Lawyers ACS:Law Shut Up Shop Ahead of Court

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  • by Spad ( 470073 ) <> on Saturday February 05, 2011 @06:28AM (#35110312) Homepage

    I don't know, the judge in this case seemed pretty pissed off at the way ACS:Law have been behaving and their attempts to drop cases and close their business aren't going to help endear them to him.

    Bear in mind that they're also being investigated by pretty much every legal regulatory body and consumer protection organisation in the UK, not just as ACS:Law but also Andrew Crossley himself, so there's still a good chance they won't get away with it.

  • by WrongSizeGlass ( 838941 ) on Saturday February 05, 2011 @09:06AM (#35110710)

    > and they look after their own.

    Gotta be more specific. Trial lawyers love eating their own. Copyright lawyers love the low hanging meat someone is smoking / drying. Patent lawyers love eating things that are at least 10x bigger than themselves. Tax lawyers eat anything they want. Personal injury lawyers love eating the chewed off legs left in traps.

    Gee, thanks. With all this talk about eating it seems I'm hungry again.

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