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Lawyers for both News Corp. and phone-hacking victims on Friday estimated in court that the media company will ultimately face about 500 civil claims related to illegal voice-mail interception by the now-closed News of the World tabloid.

That is about 400 more cases than have been filed or settle so far.

TPM

That is a very busy single rogue reporter, don't you think?

In other news, the British PM, David Cameron, asked Jeremy Hunt, Minister for Culture, Media, and Sport, to make an "impartial" decision as to whether or not News Corp should be permitted to purchase British Sky Broadcasting. Except that Hunt had very cozy ties to James Murdoch, who would have been the head of the merged companies, and Cameron was well aware of that fact. In fact, the very day that Cameron appointed Hunt to adjudicate the deal, Hunt sent James Murdoch a congratulatory text about the deal passing European regulatory oversight.

Hunt is resisting calls to resign, which would throw a monkey wrench into the London Olympics, for which he has government responsibility.

PM Cameron is expected to have to give testimony to the Parliamentary ethics committee looking into this matter. Imagine that - even though his party is in charge of the House of Commons, he is still being asked to give testimony. Imagine what President Bush would have had to do in order to get called before the House Ethics committee when the Republicans were running the House.

Another day, another couple of stories about how the House of Murdoch totters.

Originally posted to aardvark droppings on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 07:29 AM PDT.

Also republished by Murdochgate Investigators.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 07:29:09 AM PDT

  •  republished to Murdochgate Investigators (6+ / 0-)

    thanks, Boo. :)

    I ♥ President Barack Obama.

    by ericlewis0 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 07:34:21 AM PDT

  •  from Brit (8+ / 0-)

    Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt ‘Sympathetic’ to Murdoch BSkyB Bid - The Daily Beast

    TheLeveson Inquiry, which started as a public inquiry into press ethics after the phone-hacking scandal erupted last summer, has now turned into a trial of the British government and its apparently cozy connections withRupert Murdoch’s News Corp. as it launched the biggest media bid in British history—the takeover of the country’s most lucrative broadcaster, BSkyB. 

    On the stand in London Thursday was Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary who was supposed to be overseeing the contentious $16 billion bid in an impartial “quasi-judicial” role. That role had been taken from the business minister, Vince Cable, who was caught by undercover reporters in December 2010 revealing that he was “at war” with the Murdochs over the bid.

    If Cable was sacked from oversight because he was biased against News Corp, Hunt conceded a bias in another way—he was sympathetic toward the bid. The inquiry has also revealed extensive contacts between a News Corp. lobbyist and Hunt’s trusted special advisor, Adam Smith. Over 1000 emails, texts, and phone calls were exchanged between Hunt’s office and News Corp. during the bid process, but hardly any contacts with the media coalition of the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, BBC and Channel 4 who opposed the takeover.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 08:10:16 AM PDT

  •  and this suggests links (5+ / 0-)

    between NDS and police corruption

    Stephen Lawrence: Theresa May orders review into police corruption claims | UK news | guardian.co.uk

    The home secretary has ordered an independent review into allegations thatpolice corruption shielded the killers ofStephen Lawrence.

    The Guardian understands that a senior barrister who has reached the rank of Queens counsel will be asked to examine suspicions of corruption made by the Lawrence family. One person being considered to carry out the review is a senior prosecutor.

    The decision byTheresa May comes a day after the Metropolitan police released the findings of its own review, which said it could find no evidence of corruption and that the force had passed all relevant material to the 1998 Macpherson inquiry.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 08:44:55 AM PDT

  •  Other estimates of cases filed, awaiting, NI costs (4+ / 0-)
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    ceebs, ericlewis0, Creosote, AnnetteK

    and other sums.

    The number scatted through the G. article are here brought together and cf. with a wiki reference list.

    The numbers are different, but the bottom line is the same---a great deal of cash will be leaving NI's coffers.  IIRC and sorry to say so,  it's not more than the Co. can afford.

    NI:  believes it could face up to 520 [additional ]claims in total.

    Claims in progress and not settled: 49 individuals  are suing the company

    law firms: 69 law firms with potential claimants with 12 with victims who have issued claims.

    fee per case/cost to NI: £7,000 fee per case (reduced after common costs subtracted)
    same article, details buried there in

    cases settled: numbers vary, according to whether settled in court or privately.
    Individuals Offered Settlement Compensation by News International in April 2011: 8
    Payments received [wiki does not explain this category]: 8

    Legal costs, already and projected:
    HuffPo number 4/2-11

    Lots of numbers of all  sorts in this wiki article. wiki does the NI phonehacking numbers

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 11:59:33 AM PDT

  •  And to think this Friday is a dead newsday.... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...being the even of a four day holiday to mark ER II's jubilee (60 years).

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:01:40 PM PDT

  •  Plot thickens, Iphone history suggests coverup (4+ / 0-)
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    ...is the reason.
    Mr. Justice Vos ordered the iPhones of two senior NI executives and their email contents preserved.

    As iPhones were not available in the UK until .... nine months after News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for phone hacking, it is likely that their preservation is related to the covering up of the activities of the supposedly rogue reporters.

    That's New International, which is the whole corporate nine yards.

    It is understood the request for access to the iPhone emails is related to allegations of concealment over phone hacking and would not point to evidence of hacking beyond the time when private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was jailed. "This could be very significant," said a source.
    How's that italicized phrase for English understatement.

    I'l

    "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

    by BlueStateRedhead on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:08:46 PM PDT

  •  intriguing (3+ / 0-)
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    Phone hacking: News International could face more than 500 claims | Media | guardian.co.uk

    Friday's order made by Vos adds a fresh layer of intrigue to the phone-hacking saga as iPhones were not available in the UK until November 2007, nine months after News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for phone hacking.

    "There is evidence suggesting that senior executives at News International which have company iPhones which were heavily used during the period. Our primary concern is the preservation of these iPhones and the email accounts that relate to them," David Sherborne, counsel for phone-hacking victims, told a case management conference on Friday.

    News International, which had already agreed to preserve the Apple smartphones for examination, said it did not know yet what was on the iPhones belonging to the two senior executives, who were not named in court.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 12:58:37 PM PDT

  •  plus (3+ / 0-)
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    Andy Coulson not the last person to face charges over Tommy Sheridan perjury trial, police confirm - The Daily Record

    POLICE who charged Andy Coulson with perjury are homing in on other suspects in their probe into the Murdoch empire in Scotland.

    Strathclyde cops are preparing to press charges against more individuals after releasing the former News of the World editor from custody in Glasgow late on Tuesday evening.

    Coulson, David Cameron’s former spin doctor, was detained at his London home early on Tuesday and taken to Govan police station.

    Police then announced that he had been arrested and charged with perjury.

    Coulson, 44, has returned to his home in London while the procurator fiscal decides if he will face court proceedings.

    Yesterday, he said he will “vigorously contest” perjury allegations against him if they are brought to trial.

    Interviewer: What do you believe is behind this recent increase in terrorist bombings? Helpmann: Bad sportsmanship

    by ceebs on Fri Jun 01, 2012 at 02:38:46 PM PDT

  •  New York Review of Books on Dial M for Murder (1+ / 0-)
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    AnnetteK

    Just arrived here in the June 21 issue, a review of Tom Watson's book by Geofrey Wheatcroft:  "What Rupert Hath Wrought!"; the piece has a May 22 dateline.

    Behind all this is the great awe, or plain fear, Murdoch inspires, which has shaped our national life for a generation. In her testimony to Leveson, Brooks said that she was “elected” by her readers, which is cute but silly and offensive. No one elects tabloid editors. She also said at one point, with fascinating self-importance, that “we needed to get the Welfare Bill through,” as though the News International tabloids were a branch of government—and to be sure, that is the way they have been treated. Murdoch’s own objections to the headline aside, to say that it was the Sun wot won it is [are] almost certainly untrue.
    [snip]
    There is a final defense of Murdoch: if he has enjoyed the kind of sway he has, then the blame lies not with him but with the democratically elected leaders who have truckled to him. Now they, even Cameron and his unimpressive entourage, must realize that the game is up for this extraordinary old man. Whatever happens to Brooks and the other defendants, or however long it takes the despondent investors of News Corp to be rid of the toxic London papers, the spell is broken. Rupert Murdoch has gone from Svengali to Tar Baby, sticky and tainting to the touch. Cameron thought he was going to profit from his closeness to the great magnate; it could yet finish his prime ministership, with “laugh out loud” as his political epitaph.
    [emphasis added]

    Read with a bit of relief; unless I'm mistaken, little of what he writes here travels the same ground as Brit's report, not to mention the nuts and bolts from Ceebs, BlueStateRedhead, and other lights here. And at least to judge from a relatively short article, of course, great swaths of other information and analysis of the scene itself seem destined for Brit's plate.

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