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The Final Chapter Of Andrew Crossley? Suspended For 2 Years

Today saw the disgraced, discredited bully Andrew Crossley up before the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal on 7 charges relating to ACS:Law’s (his former company, since shut down) harassment of alleged file-sharers.  ISPreview’s commentary on proceedings is worth reading, particularly the section dealing with how, even though declared bankrupt, Crossley still lives the high life.  Crossley has also still to pay the fine levied on him by the ICO.

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Karma At Work

Sloppy and shoddy practices, questionable conduct, failing to provide information.  No, this isn’t another post about ACS:Law.  Bear these phrases in mind as we take a look at karma visiting a US based legal firm and paying them back big time.

The internet powered age provides many positives.  These same positives can also become major pitfalls, as the Steven J. Baum foreclosure firm found out last month.

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ACS:Law Case Collapse – Crossley Tries To Save His Ass

The hearings at the Patent Court under Judge Birss have been most interesting for followers of the filesharer harassment story.  If you’re not familiar with this story this commentary will help before the story continues.

In that post I wrote:

Even the courts were getting tired of the demands of companies like ACS:Law, as Chief Master Winegarten warned.  Now we have the Judicial Review into this Act.  This was coming; it’s a pity the ISPs didn’t put up more of a battle earlier or this may have come a lot earlier.

Now Chief Master Winegarten’s warning has come to pass with disastrous results for Andrew Crossley and ACS:Law, all thanks to Judge Birss QC.

Last December,  Judge Birss QC sat in the England and Wales Patents County Court (PCC) and dismissed a bid by ACS:Law to get default judgements against eight people for alleged copyright infringement.  Judge Birss then decided to convene one sitting of the PCC to consider twenty seven cases brought by ACS:Law in what he described as “an unusual step” in an unusual case.

At that sitting Judge Birss rejected an application by ACS:Law to have the cases dropped and adjourned the hearing until yesterday.  It was at the reconvened hearing yesterday that things went even more pear shaped for Andrew Crossley and ACS:Law.

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ICO Issues First Fines But Scares No-One – UPDATED

If the news that the Information Commissioner’s Office has levied its first fines  is supposed to scare people and organisations into being ethical, compliant with the law, using common sense and following sensible IT security precautions then I’m afraid the ICO is deluded.

Remember that the ICO is complicit in the mass privacy breaches by BT and Phorm in their secret and illegal testing.  The ICO did nothing to prevent this from happening.  The ICO now says that it doesn’t need technical expertise for its role.  I say that is bulls**t. The ICO needs technical expertise as much as it needs legal expertise.  Its abysmal perphormance in the Phorm phiasco proves that it does.

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