News Corp. to Pay $4.7 Million to Settle Phone-Hacking Claims in Murdered Schoolgirl Case

Sep 20, 2011  •  Post A Comment

News Corp. will pay 3 million pounds, or $4.7 million, to settle claims that its defunct tabloid News of the World hacked the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, reports Bloomberg.

Included in the settlement are a 2 million-pound payment to the Dowler family and a charity donation of 1 million pounds, the story notes. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch was involved in the discussions of the settlement, the piece adds.

The lawyer for Dowler’s family, Mark Lewis, declined to comment. News Corp. said it is in "advanced negotiations" with the family.

News Corp. wants to “be seen to be generous as it’s much more than would be awarded by a court,” said Niri Shan, the head of media law at London’s Taylor Wessing LLP, the article notes.

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