Law firm Ralli, which successfully challenged now defunct ACS:Law over threatening letters sent to alleged file sharers, has hinted that it is widening its scope to target other companies accused of similar practices.
"We are currently considering claims against a number of firms - watch this space," said the company in a Twitter post.
The announcement comes after the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal fined two solicitors at Davenport Lyons £20,000 and banned them from practising for three months.
They were found guilty of six breaches of the Solicitors' Code of Conduct after sending intimidating letters accusing people of illegal file sharing, a tactic famously practiced by ACS:Law.
Davenport Lyons issued a robust defence of its solicitors, arguing that the company had acted above board and in the interests of its clients.
"We were instructed by the owners of intellectual property rights in music, film and games to help them curtail the significant losses they were suffering as a result of the unlawful file sharing of their products," the firm said.
"The steps we took on behalf of our clients were for the protection of their legitimate legal rights. We consider that we acted in our clients' best interests at all times."
Nevertheless, it appears that the ruling could pave the way for future legal action from firms like Ralli on behalf of clients who have been targeted by firms such as Davenport Lyons.
Ralli succesfully defended 27 clients accused of file sharing by ACS:Law, which led to ACS:Law being declared bankrupt and the judge in the case taking a dim view of the actions of its boss Andrew Crossley.
However, Crossley told V3 last week that he had no regrets over the way in which ACS:Law had gone about its business, claiming that its work was "compliant, lawful, measured, appropriate and needed".
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