ACS:Law stops chasing illegal file-sharers

London-based law firm ACS: Law finally decided to drop its claims against alleged illegal file-sharers, just a few day ahead of a decisive court ruling.

The controversial law firm was forced to shut its doors after it failed to present evidence to support its claims against alleged file-sharers. But, the law firm claims that it decided to quit its copyright litigations after the founder & lead solicitor of the firm, Andrew Crossley, received death.

Announcing his decision, Crossley said, "I have ceased my work. I have been subject to criminal attack. My emails have been hacked. I have had death threats and bomb threats."

Lat year, ACS: Law had sent out thousands of warning letters to alleged illegal file-sharers, threatening them to pay damages or to face legal action.

It asked the UK internet service providers (ISPs), including BT, to provide it access to the details of the alleged illegal file-sharers, but ISPs refused to cooperate with the firm. The firm sued 27 file-sharers. The ruling is expected on Tuesday.

The practices of the law firm are being investigated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority after hundreds of people accused the firm of labeling wrong allegations against them.