A judge has dismissed the lawsuits filed by ACS:Law against alleged file-sharers and is considering fining the controversial law firm for 'out of the norm' conduct in court.
According to BBC News, Judge Birss is considering whether to order ACS:Law to pay defendants 'wasted costs' after the law firm representing five of the accused demanded that ACS:Law should be made to pay its clients.
Ralli, the law firm representing the accused, has demanded for £90,000 in 'wasted costs' from ACS:Law, whose owner, solicitor Andrew Crossley was absent from the hearing. Crossley is currently facing an inquiry from the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
“If ever there was a case with conduct out of the norm it was this one,” Judge Briss said in a statement while highlighting the firm's efforts to avoid judicial scrutiny.
Andrew Crossely, who eventually asked the court to dismiss the cases brought forward by his company, is also being investigated by the Information Commissioner's Office for a data breach that occurred a few months ago, in which details of broadband users who had illegally downloaded porn were leaked online.
Meanwhile, Crossely's barrister, Paul Parker, said that he should be not be held accountable for 'wasted costs' as he had already suffered huge losses. The court heard that Crossely had spent £750,000 on tracking down online pirates and had received only £300,000 from people paying fines.