engine - 10:42 am on Mar 17, 2011 (gmt 0)
Judge Considers A Fine For Law Firm In Piracy Cases [bbc.co.uk]
Controversial law firm ACS Law returned to court on Wednesday as the cases it brought against alleged file-sharers were officially closed.
Andrew Crossley, the solicitor at the heart of the controversy, was absent from court but could still face heavy fines.
Judge Birss is considering whether ACS Law should pay the defendants' costs.
Ralli, the law firm which represents five of the accused, is seeking £90,000.
It is unusual for a judge to impose so-called wasted costs and only happens when legal representatives are considered to have acted improperly.
ACS Law was heavily criticised by Judge Birss in an earlier judgement on the case.
The normal procedures for apportioning costs may not apply, he warned at Wednesday's hearing.
"If ever there was a case with conduct out of the norm it was this one," he said.
Law Firm Tried To Drop Piracy Cases: Judge Says Case Must Go Ahead [webmasterworld.com]