News International Settles with 37 Alleged Hacking Victims

New revelations could affect case against News Corp. in the U.S.

News International has agreed to settle with 37 victims of News Group Newspapers’ alleged phone hacking, The Guardian reported today.

In a statement, the victims’ lawyers said that News Group Newspapers, which was the owner of News of the World, agreed to pay damages on the basis that the company’s “senior employees and directors…knew about the wrongdoing and sought to conceal it by deliberately deceiving investigators and destroying evidence.”

Although News Group Newspapers refused to deny or admit to any of the claims, it based compensation on the assumption that the allegations were true, which the victims’ lawyers said was equivalent to an admission of guilt.

Among those who received settlements were actor Jude Law (£130,000 plus legal costs), his ex-wife Sadie Frost (£50,000 plus costs) and former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott (£40,000 plus costs).



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