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Law Firm Tried To Drop Piracy Cases: Judge Says Case Must Go Ahead

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Law Firm Tried To Drop Piracy Cases: Judge Says Case Must Go Ahead [bbc.co.uk]
A controversial law firm that sent letters to alleged illegal file sharers has been told it cannot drop its cases to "avoid public scrutiny".

ACS:Law contacted thousands of people accusing them of illegally downloading movies and songs and demanding payments of 500 to avoid court action.

Cases against 26 of them proceeded, before the company attempted to pull out of prosecution at the last minute.

Now a judge had criticised the firm for its methods.

"I cannot imagine a system better designed to create disincentives to test the issues in court," said Judge Ian Birss at the Patents County Court in London.

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