As ACS:Law's legal mistakes mount
, there was a recent story about how the company had passed on some collections efforts to a firm called GCB, but the details suggested another total screwup
. People tracked GCB back to an accounting firm, which quickly put on their website that while GCB was formed by it, it "appears to be being misused by some third party," and that it was "taking urgent steps" to end this. The details suggested some odd maneuverings:
When PC Pro spoke to McLean Reid partner John Champion, he told us that GCB had been registered at that address on behalf of one his clients, David Fisher.
Champion said that Fisher had lent his dormant company to an associate, who had been collecting the file-sharing money without his knowledge. "He just decided to help a friend out," Champion said. "He wanted a dormant company, and he said 'Oh I've got one that's not doing anything, you can have that'."
"I know Dave Fisher is put down as a director [of GCB], [but] this activity was done without him knowing what activity was happening," Champion added. "I think he's taking steps to make sure all that money's been repaid."
The "friend"? Yeah, according to PCPro, it turns out that it was Andrew Crossley, the guy from ACS:Law. Either way, it seems that all this attention has scared Fisher off. An anonymous tipster alerts us to the news that if you call the phone number that GCB tells you to call to pay up, you get the following message:
"If you have received a letter from GCB Ltd please disregard this letter as GCB is
no longer pursuing the matter stated in the letter."
Seems like Crossley and ACS:Law are going to have to try the next option.