How Much Will Murdoch Pay To Settle Phone Hacking Claims?


More headaches loom on the horizon for Rupert Murdoch’s News International, the British media subsidiary of his Manhattan-based News Corporation. News International is now facing 63 more claims of alleged phone hacking, but these could just be the tip of the iceberg: Mark Lewis, the lawyer for some of the claimants, says that fewer than 5 percent of those whose phones were hacked by Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the now defunct tabloid News of the World, have been notified.

Last month, News International offered to make a 3 million pound payment to the family of Milly Dowler, the murdered British schoolgirl whose phone was hacked by staff of NoW. News International has a 20 million pound contingency fund to address legal claims, but that will likely not be nearly enough. Documents seized from Mulcaire’s house when he, along with former NoW Royals reporter Clive Goodman were arrested in 2006, contain some 4,000 names of alleged victims of phone hacking.

Among those who have filed claims are former Downing Street communications chief Alastair Campbell and a number of British politicians; Princess Diana’s former butler; celebrities including Jude Law, Sadie Frost and other entertainment and sports figures. Others include Sara Payne, who had campaigned with NoW on behalf of Sarah’s Law, which called for parents to be able to gain access to information about pedophiles following the murder of her eight-year-old daughter Sarah, and Paul Dadge, a hero of the 7/7 bombing in London.

The 63 claims were filed because of a legal cut-off point for claims, according to the Guardian. Most of the claims list News Group Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that published the NoW, as the defendant, as well as Glenn Mulcaire. One claim by singer Cornelia Crisan also names former senior NoW report Neville Thurlbeck who, last week, had said that he will identify who at NoW authorized the phone hacking.

Media lawyer Niri Shan noted that “News Corp may overpay to get rid of claimants.”

It is indeed possible (though admittedly unlikely) that just how many millions Rupert Murdoch has could be revealed. In response to a call last week from News Corp.’s Wall Street Journal editorial board that he disclose his tax returns, billionaire Warren Buffet said he would be glad to do on one condition, that Murdoch release his:

“I think it might be a terrific idea if [the Wall Street Journal] would just ask their boss, Rupert Murdoch, and he and I will meet at Fortune, and we’ll both give you our tax returns and you can publish them….I’m ready tomorrow morning.”

Murdoch has not yet responded.


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MEE Techy
MEE Techy6 years ago

maybe he, his wife & children should head to china

Elizabeth Irby
Elizabeth Irby6 years ago

Nasty company. This company needs to fall. It probably will continue as Murdoch is so rich he will buy his way away. He needs a good kick in the ass along with many of his employees. Thank goodness he has been brought out in the open. What common knowledge will do in this arena who knows. Money is the be all end all. The rich sickos control.

Emanuel v.
Emanuel v.6 years ago

Murdoch is a ZIONIST crook, always has been and always will be. Time he and his ZIONIST mates were brought to book for the meddling in affairs that are none of their business. They think they can drive all nations and all peoples into a corner and screw them for what they are worth , but the time is fast approaching that we must put them all behind bars and take all their ill gotten gains off them before they do it to us and kill us in the process.

Lynn C.
Lynn C6 years ago

I don't care how much money. What I want to see is the same rule of law applied to this man as to the person who hasn't a dime.

Nicholas Rudolph
Nicholas Rudolph6 years ago

This guy is a crook, has always been a crook and besides that he is vile, look at the crap he allows to be televised on Fixed TV. There has never been a corporation that showed the disrespect and vileness that FIXED news has put on against President Obama. If you don't agree with him, fine;if you don't believe him, fine; if you don't wish to vote for him, fine: do not call him names, make veiled racial slurs, and attack him personally. He is the President and deserves respect. After all, we showed Bush and Cheney respect when they were the least deserving specimens in natural history.

Sylvia B.
Sylvia B6 years ago

I wish the old fart would wake up and do what is right! After he's done so, he needs to just go away and fade into the sunset! NOBODY will care about him one way or another.

Pamela H.
Pamela H6 years ago

Murdoch is a dirty word and always will be now. His lifestyle is both selfish and vulgar.

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

He shouldn't be able to buy his way out of this one. Murdoch and many of his crew are nothing but criminals. They need to be charged and tried in court. Let justice be done.

This scandal should be enough for Murdoch to lose his FCC license here. Wouldn't that be grand, no more Fox News.

Steve Trammell
Steve Trammell6 years ago

What ever he pays monetarily, it will not be enough. Prison time is defintely in order.

Linda T.
Linda T6 years ago

Two justice systems. One for the rich where they pay a fine and go on with life as usual and one for the rest of us where we would spend years wasting away in a prison cell.