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News Corp. Pushes Phone-Hacking Settlements as Trial Nears

News Corp.’s British newspaper unit is close to settling at least 10 lawsuits by politicians, athletes and other prominent victims of phone hacking before the first civil trial over the scandal starts next month.

Labour party lawmaker Chris Bryant and celebrity lawyer Graham Shear, whose voice mails were hacked to get stories for News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid, are among those near settlements, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg News. Their lawsuits were joined with four other “test cases” for a three-week trial scheduled to start Feb. 13 in London.