Andrew Crossley, the controversial lawyer behind one-man legal outfit ACS Law, has failed to turn up for his day in court today, according to early reports from THINQ readers.
Crossley, who has been universally criticised for his tactic of attempting to frighten people into coughing up cash for downloading hard-core porn with threats of legal action, was due in court today to accuse 27 individuals of such offences on the grounds of evidence supplied by ISPs.
Our research tells us that Crossley has never successfully tried one of these cases and the only time he has ever received a ruling in favour of one of his illustrious list of clients is when the accused didn't bother to turn up.
Now it seems that Crossley has done the same. Reader Mike told us a couple of days ago that he was due in court today but that the hearing had been cancelled. "They dropped the case," he told us. "I'm now in the process of putting a complaint in with the solicitor regulating body. I want ACS closed down and fined big time." he added.
Today, however, we have had a conflicting report from reader Johnson who says suggests that Crossley failed to show in court because a member of his family has had an accident. In that case, the hearings would almost certainly be reconvened at a later date. We have every sympathy for Crossley's family if one of its members has been injured, after all you can't choose your relatives, but if this turns out to be another diversionary tactic on behalf of ACS Law the company and its director should be hung out to dry.
We have also been informed that Crossley is now sending out fresh letters under the new name of GCB Ltd., having changed the name of the company at the request of his clients, no doubt in an attempt to sidestep the barrage of negative publicity which dogs the one-man bandit's every move.
Crossley uses IP information supplied by a third-party outfit to weasel court-ordered information out of ISPs, which is then used to send threatening letters to the owner of the broadband connection, in most cases accusing them of downloading highly unpleasant-sounding porn.
It has been estimated that up to 40 per cent of people receiving these letters cough up the cash to avoid embarrassment regardless of their propensity to porn or actual guilt, leading to the practice being named 'speculative invoicing'.