Sienna Miller Agrees to $162,000 News Corp. Phone-Hacking Case Settlement
“Miller is proceeding in this way because all of her claims have been admitted,” Hugh Tomlinson, her lawyer, said in court today. The company yesterday “capitulated” by admitting in court it used hacked voice mails to publish 11 stories about Miller in 2005 and 2006, he said.
Under the deal, News Corp. will also disclose the relevant contents from about 8,000 e-mails and possibly some journalists’ notebooks. Lawyers for the parties at a hearing in London today agreed to draft a final order and present it to a judge as soon as next week.
Miller, 29, and her former boyfriend, actor Jude Law, are among more than 20 celebrities and politicians that sued Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. (NWS) over the scandal that erupted more than four years ago. Miller had sought as much as 400,000 pounds in the case. The New York-based company last month apologized and offered to settle some of the cases after journalists linked to the paper were arrested.
Yesterday’s admission by News Corp. goes farther than any other confessions the company has made in a hacking case, Tomlinson said.
Michael Silverleaf, the newspaper’s lawyer, declined to comment on the deal today.
“We are pleased that we have managed to bring this case to a satisfactory conclusion,” News Corp.’s U.K. unit, News International, said in an e-mailed statement. “Several weeks ago we admitted liability in certain cases and offered a genuine and unreserved apology. We hope to resolve other cases swiftly.”
English law doesn’t allow for “vast” damages in privacy cases and discourages litigation by requiring the losing party to pay the winner’s cost, said Duncan Lamont, a media lawyer at Charles Russell in London.
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