“It has been said that we have no intention of going to court but we have no fear of it”, so spoke ACS:LAWs Principle Andrew Crossley. Well this was his big chance to prove all his critics wrong, and he failed completely. True he had an excuse, an accident so it has been said, but there is a pattern that emerges that just before ACS:LAW are to be held to account “something” always happens.
Andrew Crossley has already been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal for a THIRD time, and this Court Case must truly raise some searching questions amongst his peers. Media C.A.T who Crossley represents are headed by Lee Bowden who is the Managing Director of Piri Ltd.
This case was called by Judge Birss, after an attempt by ACS:LAW and Media C.A.T to gain some “Default” judgements, so easy money for people who don’t turn up to defend themselves. This hearing failed spectacularly as Judge Birss appeared astonished at the slack work that had gone into preparing the case for the nine people they were asking for judgments against. The Judge called a halt to proceedings and after a search for all similar cases filed by ACS:LAW and Media C.A.T it was discovered their were another 27 on the record, the Judge ordered a hearing to try to sort out all the mess.
In the weeks between the Case being halted in December 2010 and the new one that happened today a new wave of letters went out to people, from a Company that stated that they were now acting for Media C.A.T and that ACS:LAW had handed over the work to them. After much enquiry from the forums set up to help those accused the new Company GCB LTD withdraw from the work on the SAME day as this case was adjourned.
In the last week letters have been going out to the 27 people due in Court today stating that ACS:LAW and Media C.A.T were DROPPING the cases. You just could not make up a more amateurish ham fisted load of crap if you tried. ACS:LAW and Media C.A.T Barristers attempted to discontinue all the cases but the Judge said only HE could give permission for that to happen
So with Crossley and Bowden not turning up it was left to the Barristers to try to deal with the mess, and by all accounts they were very badly briefed. So badly were they briefed that the Judge called an adjournment again until next week. The Barristers for those accused are asking for punitive costs, and saying that the cases brought are “Pernicious” Rallis Barristers stated they were putting Media C.A.T “On notice” hinting that the “Wastage costs” would be “Off the scale”
One sad moment was when one of those accused and denying accusations of sharing copyrighted porn, representing himself in court, said: “I just want this whole sordid tale behind me” he apparently settled with no recourse to cost. Although I understand the pressure on him it is the mark of this despicable “Pay or we Sue, Speculative Invoicing” that it can push people to despair.
The Judges reported opinion on hearing that ASC:LAW and Media C.A.T may resubmit the claims they have dropped, the Judge stated the “the reissue threat was “unprecedented” in his career.
I will leave the rest of this down to those who are better at reporting it 2. I just wanted to get it off my chest. The SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) should take a long hard look at itself. We are here talking of a man who has been referred now THREE times to their Disciplinary Tribunal yet he is free to continue to wage his “war of attrition” against innocent people in the pursuit of money. NO evidence, has EVER been tested in Court and it will be TWO years in May since he started, OVER two years if you take into account the previous Law Firm Davenport Lyons.
How can it be that the SRA is so powerless to stop a seemingly rogue solicitor like Andrew Crossley who has threatened individuals with ruin for trying to stand up to his bullying ways and has threatened whole forums as well. It is just not acceptable in this day and age to allow this kind of travesty to continue.
NO COURT CASES
ACS:LAW has not released ANY information past ambiguous statements regarding their “Willingness” to go to Court. They are now the Record Holder for MOST amount of complaints received by the Solicitor Regulation Authority.
Now a number of Plusnet Subscribers targeted by ACS:LAW have politely asked and continued to ask WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE? In regard to a section of the NPO order. Section 11 reads:
“Within six months of the date of disclosure referred to in paragraph 3 above, the Applicant shall provide to Respondents 1, 2, 5 and 6 a written report stating precisely from the relevant names disclosed (1) how many of those persons were sent letters of claim, and (2) against which persons legal proceedings were issued.”
Well so far NOTHING. ACS:LAW don’t care, what you think or what anyone else thinks. That is because they have NO REPUTATION to protect. ACS:LAW are Andrew Crossley….PERIOD, and Andrew Crossley has more than once left his “Sole Practice” to join other Solicitors (see this as well) 2, I would be VERY surprised if this will happen again, but then his Para-Legal Terence Tsang is now at Cramer Pelmont so these things can and do happen.
I look forward to seeing an ISP standing up against ACS:LAW and actually asking them “WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE” I am sure this is going to happen, but it will ONLY happen when the ISPs actually KNOW that we the subscribers to their service are DISGUSTED with the actions of ACS:LAW. (TALK TALK did this of course and have been vocal opponents of this Scheme). Andrew Crossley must NOT be allowed to walk away unpunished from this debacle.
The sheer arrogance of this man knows no bounds. he has already bragged that in 11 Months he has pulled in close to a MILLION Pounds
So Mr Crossley it is past 6 months, so WHERE is the Information that you were ORDERED to release showing HOW many people received a letter, and HOW many people you took to Court to recover the money you demanded?
I would wager that there is NONE that has been taken to Court. If this is the case then ALL the ISPs in this Country should recognise that your SCHEME is NOTHING to do with the Creative Industries but merely to line your own pockets and that of your friends.
This whole mess MUST be tidied up and soon. The woefully slow moves of the SRA seem to be coming to a conclusion and I can only hope that they will see fit to hand down a HEAVY punishment, although of course we still await the “Davenport 2″ Punishment.
You never did respond to my open letter did you Mr Crossley! I guess you were to busy counting your money, pried from the hands and mouths of frightened people who have been sold out by their ISPs.
Lee Bowden the Friend of ACS:LAWs Andrew Crossley and the “Sex on the Beach in Dubai” Vince Acors has been “Pretending” to now be a “Copyright Expert” protecting some rather nasty Pornography films such as “Granny F%$%$rs” and the like. “Copyright Expert”?? LMAO oh really? wasnt this the same Lee Bowden who used to pretend to be a MEDIA AGENT for his Friend? Hmmm ANYTHING for a quick buck I guess.
If Mr Bowden likes to hang with people who have sex in Arabic Countries in public and likes to watch Porn movies of this kind then he should at least keep such things to himself. BUT it seems he has been sending out letters demanding money from people who he believes shares the same fetish as him. IF any of you have been targetted by this sick individual, please get in touch…..
As Andrew Crossley his friend and the signature of the letters once said “Sex Sells…” Well quite but I would certainly NOT be interested in viewing such filth, paid or not.
ANYONE of you out their who have received a letter from these people PLEASE send it to me at my email.