UK Lawyer Agrees To Represent Falsely Accused File Sharers For Free

from the good-for-him dept

With UK law firm Davenport Lyons ramping up its efforts to send out thousands of "pre-settlement" letters accusing folks of file sharing using flimsy evidence, it appears one lawyer wants to help those falsely accused for free. The Davenport Lyons system works in a pretty straightforward method: it makes use of evidence from Logistep, a company whose evidence is so flimsy it's been banned in other countries in Europe as illegal, and lawyers who have used its evidence have been banned from filing new cases. However, since the "pre-settlement" letters let you avoid a lawsuit for a small fee (less than it would cost to defend yourself in a lawsuit), many just pay up.

However, TorrentFreak has found a lawyer in the UK who also believes that this is unfair, and who is offering his firm's services for free to help those who have been falsely accused by Davenport Lyons. The offer is pretty specifically aimed at those who are falsely accused. He (reasonably so) doesn't seem interested in helping those who actually did infringe on copyrights, and he can only devote so much time and effort to such cases, so he may not be able to take all cases that come his way. However, for those who are falsely accused, who were afraid that it would cost more to fight than to settle, at least there's one potential option to fight back.

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    Trevlac, Aug 27th, 2008 @ 12:41am

    Think of all the free advertising he's generating by offering his services for free for a noble cause. People will look to him the next time they need a good paying lawyer.

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    wasnt me!, Aug 27th, 2008 @ 2:53am


    that exactly what yesterday's article free not equal to unpaid was all about.

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), Aug 27th, 2008 @ 6:00am

    Oh...he'll get paid!

    This lawyer is thinking, I have a really good defense, I will most likely win. It is almost cookie cutter for each trial. Then I can counter-sue for damages. Still get paid. Win.

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    angry dude, Aug 27th, 2008 @ 7:10am

    You idiots don't know anything about pre-settlements.

    I pre-settled on keeping my life in exchange for my testicles, and now I'm rich because of it, bitch.

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    angry dude, Aug 27th, 2008 @ 9:10am

    Angry dude, grow up.

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 27th, 2008 @ 10:49am


    Angry dude has grown up... but then traded in his balls and is now a child. Prone to temper tantrums and in need of frequent diaper changes.

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    Pensioner, Mar 24th, 2009 @ 8:56am


    When I contacted the lawyer who is supposed to be offering free help to the innocent he asked for £70.

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