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News Corp. Facing More Phone-Hacking Claims From New Evidence

Monday, 18 Mar 2013 11:00 AM

News Corp. may face further phone-hacking claims as hundreds more victims have been identified in a new police investigation into the illegal interception of voice-mail messages at the company’s U.K. publishing unit.

The company has settled 145 of the 167 claims made against it so far, leaving 25 cases left to litigate, Hugh Tomlinson, a lawyer representing the victims, said at a London hearing.

Three men and three women suspected of hacking phone messages in 2005 and 2006 were arrested Feb. 13, two of whom worked at the Sun — Britain’s best-selling daily title. That opens a new front in the voice-mail interception scandal at New York-based News Corp., which previously focused on the News of the World.

News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rupert Murdoch closed the News of the World tabloid in July 2011 in response to public anger over revelations it intercepted the mobile-phone messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler a decade ago. Prosecutors overseeing criminal cases against some of the tabloid’s ex-employees have said the title victimized more than 600 people between 2000 and 2006.

The trial to hear the civil claims has been adjourned from its scheduled June start date to later in the year to allow more time to investigate the new evidence, Judge Geoffrey Vos ruled at the hearing.

The U.K. unit, News International, has resolved hundreds of claims by victims through court-approved settlements and an out- of-court process created by the company. Police have said the tabloid had thousands of “potential victims,” though the level of evidence varies.

Church, Law

While most settlement amounts have been confidential, the company paid about 600,000 pounds ($906,000) to the Welsh singer Charlotte Church, including 300,000 pounds in legal costs, and another 130,000 pounds to actor Jude Law.

The Dowler family, whose daughter was murdered a decade ago, received an in-person apology from Murdoch and 3 million pounds, including 1 million pounds for a charity.

Trinity Mirror Plc’s Sunday Mirror was dragged into the U.K. phone hacking scandal last week as police arrested four journalists linked to the newspaper.

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