Cases brought by ACS Law on behalf of Media CAT over allegedly illegal file sharing are to be given full judicial scrutiny after the patents county court refused an application to discontinue.

Andrew Crossley, the sole practitioner behind ACS Law, made the application through his counsel Tim Ludbrook on 25 January, saying he had been the object of bomb threats and wanted to stop all file sharing enforcement work.

Last week he reportedly closed down his firm but the SRA is still to be officially notified of the firm’s closure.

Refusing to allow the notices of discontinuance, Judge Birss QC said they would be an abuse of process and would give both Media CAT and ACS Law an “unwarranted collateral advantage” in that they w...

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