News International settle over a number of phone hacking cases

News International did not admit or deny claims made by a variety of victims of phone hacking but have agreed to pay out substantial amounts today.

News International did not admit or deny claims made by a variety of victims of phone hacking but have agreed to pay out substantial amounts today. NI did however apologise in court. It was alleged that News Group Newspapers, which is a subsidiary of News International, knew that some journalists from the now defunct News Of The World tabloid and senior level staff were engaging in illegal activity relating to phone hacking.

Actor Jude Law will receive the highest settlement of £130,000. His voice-mails were intercepted and stories printed in relation to the information which was illegally obtained. Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott and Labour MP Chris Bryant will also receive payments. A mixture of public figures and non-public figures were also awarded settlements.

Last year, News International said: The News of the World has admitted being responsible for intercepting the voicemails of certain individuals using the services of a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, prior to his arrest in 2006.

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