I don't think "shut down" is enough. Personally, I continue to believe there is massive corruption involved, and think there should be a serious investigation into the finances of everyone in the ETDC system, starting from the top down. Frankly, none of the articles that attempt to explain the phenomenon of the ETDC have ever said anything that truly explains
it, and I am the kind who thinks "never attribute to stupidity [or chance, or many other things] that which can be adequately explained by corruption" :-)
People who think "oh no, our judges
? Corrupt? No way", need only see what the Supreme Court recently did to class action lawsuits. Here's a somewhat mild-sounding quote from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/01/business/dealbook/arbitration-everywhere-stacking-the-deck-of-justice.html?_r=0
"One of the players behind the scenes, The Times found, was John G. Roberts Jr., who as a private lawyer representing Discover Bank unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court to hear a case involving class-action bans. By the time the Supreme Court handed down its favorable decisions, he was the chief justice."
To an Indian like me, this just screams
corruption of some sort, somewhere.
And in case you missed it, the ban on class action lawsuits is a far, FAR
more serious issue than we techies whining -- however justifiably -- about patent trolls.
I wonder if someone has a list of companies that have this insidious clause in their contracts.