News Corp.’s U.K. unit, which has settled hundreds of lawsuits related to phone hacking since 2011, was sued by at least 30 more people this year seeking to participate in a civil trial in June.
Singer Craig David, designer Kelly Hoppen and former soccer player John Fashanu are among the 32 people who have filed lawsuits this year. A hearing is scheduled in a London court today to discuss the new claims.
News Corp. (NWSA) newspapers have been at the heart of investigations over the past three years that have uncovered alleged bribery and phone hacking at two of its tabloids. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch closed the weekly News of the World in 2011 after revelations journalists had accessed messages on the mobile phone of a murdered school girl.
Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, former editors of the newspaper, are among seven people currently on trial for criminal charges related to the probe.
Previous civil trials were canceled as News Corp. reached last-minute settlements with celebrities, politicians and athletes who said their phones were hacked by the News of the World. Hoppen, actor Sienna Miller’s stepmother, settled an earlier claim with News Corp. in 2011 for 60,000 pounds ($98,000).
Hoppen’s latest lawsuit was filed after a former News of the World reporter at the criminal trial last week testified that he hacked her phone to get a story on Miller.
The case is Kelly Hoppen v. News Group Newspapers Ltd., in the U.K. High court of Justice, Chancery Division, case no. HC14A00449.
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