The Witchfinder has further news.
So I called the Court this morning and I got to the bottom of James Billingham’s correspondence with them. Apparently he is unrepresented by a solicitor, whether his own or his employers’. Perhaps he was fronting when he said they were supporting him? If so they must be really delighted with him for dragging them into this and associating them with a project that actually at one stage blocked Barack Obama as a ‘harasser’. I have offered to completely cut them out of the matter if they confirm. Until then I encourage everyone to continue with Project Untechnica.
In any event on 01/05/2015 James contacted the Court, not entering a proper defence nor an application to strike out. He asked for the Court’s opinion on my claim which he feels is vexatious. Court officers are not allowed to give legal advice so they sent him a standard email saying so advising him he needs to take legal advice. I would add my own suggestion of an actual lawyer (instead of his friend MAMelby).
They checked the claim and whilst it was not seen as vexatious it may not be suitable for the online system. It has been referred to a district judge for a decision. The Money Claims online system only allows claims for fixed sums. I had put in for a fixed sum of £1,000 but if there is uncertainty about that the judge may strike it out technically and direct I refile it in the bulk centre on paper.
If I refile it may not be the same claim. An ICO officer has pointed out to me that there is precedent for the Block Bot. One of the biggest harassment cases in UK history was a site called ‘solicitors from hell’ (solicitor is the British word for lawyer or attorney). It was a site very similar to the Block Bot except for complaints about solicitors. They added questionable or untrue allegations and charged a few people to come off. The person who started the site ended up bankrupt. The judgement is here.
Therefore ironically harassment may be a reasonable claim to test. I already included it in the original letter of claim so all I need to do is drop a brief email to Billingham explaining I am resurrecting it and then I can re-issue in the County Court and apply for an immediate restraining order. Because Billingham is not following the rules by corresponding I am at much lower costs risk than normal.
Of course all these claims are untested although I am working on changing that. Perhaps James Billingham has a technical get out but I am not the only potential claimant and the Block Bot faces a lot of Court time. I have also been advised that if he really transfers it abroad that will not enable him to escape liability. So the whole idea of transferring it to Collect QT is a bust. Pretty OK news really.