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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 Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 05, 2011 @05:03AM (#35110248)

    They'll be back under a new name in no time. Immoral scum of the earth. The lawyers concerned should be disbarred, but that won't ever happen, because judges are just lawyers who got a promotion, and they look after their own.

  • by Mathinker ( 909784 ) on Saturday February 05, 2011 @05:09AM (#35110266) Journal

    > and they look after their own.

    If they believe the conduct of these lawyers will be publicized enough to reflect on their own reputation or the reputation of the legal system itself, there is a chance they'll sanction / disbar them anyway.

  • by eddy ( 18759 ) on Saturday February 05, 2011 @05:10AM (#35110272) Homepage Journal

    I see a pattern wrt fraudsters who go out and tell the press that they suddenly fear for their very lives from the people they've previously felt so good about extorting. This guy is doing it, and Darl McBride was doing it. Same pattern. Both use hyperbole without evidence, and they never contact the authorities, just the press. A press who then, disgustingly, report what the scumbags said verbatim without reflection.

  • by Spad ( 470073 ) <slashdot&spad,co,uk> on Saturday February 05, 2011 @05:30AM (#35110318) Homepage

    Well to be fair, who would have thought that making essentially unfounded legal threats against people, trying to extort money from them and threatening to "expose" their alleged "illegal" porn downloading in the hope that they'll choose a cash settlement over having their life ruined would upset people in any way?

That does not compute.