MediaCat, the company which has been vilified for sending thousands of letters to customers of internet service providers suspected of illegal filesharing, has shut down together with ACS:law, its law firm.
The BBC reports that both entities have been completely shut down and Andrew Crossley, the head of the law firm, confirmed the decision after resigning during a court hearing.
There is speculation that this was motivated by the forthcoming judgement, viewed by many as critical, which ACS:Law was likely to lose.
Even then, James bench of BeingThreatened noted that “ACS:Law was not a limited company in any sense. Mr Crossley will remain entirely and personally liable for all the actions of his firm.”
The hearing was part of a case pitting MediaCAT against 27 suspected illegal file-sharers but Judge Birss QC refused a motion to drop the cases altogether last month.
ACS:Law sent "letters before action" to thousands of customers threatening legal action if they did not pay a £500 fine for downloading illegal content.
The fact that many of them were not event aware of what file sharing was prompted consumer association Which? to wage a campaign against ACS:Law, one which also showed that the law firm pocketed nearly 66p out of every £1 collected.