U.K. Phone Hacking Lawyer Looking to Start Case in U.S.

Dowler family attorney partnering with American

News Corp.'s board of directors may soon find itself dealing with some unwanted legal troubles. The Guardian is reporting that Mark Lewis, the attorney who represented the family of Milly Dowler, the murdered girl whose phone was hacked by News of the World reporters, announced on Friday that he has recruited Norman Siegel, an attorney and former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, to depose the News Corp. board of directors, including Rupert and James Murdoch.

This is the first step Lewis must take to initiate legal proceedings in the U.S. and assess whether a class action lawsuit against the media conglomerate will pass muster. Lewis intends to use American laws about foreign corruption, which protect against U.S. companies bribing government officials internationally. So far, 16 arrests have been made in the U.K. in connection with phone hacking and police bribery that took place at News of the World.

This move by Lewis is not the only legal woe News Corp. is now dealing with on this side of the Atlantic. This week, the Department of Justice contacted News Corp. and requested information on the suspected bribery of British law enforcement by NOTW reporters.