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Judge dismisses US lawsuit in News Corp. hacking case

A US federal judge dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against Rupert Murdoch and other executives of News Corp. alleging they withheld key information about the phone hacking scandal in Britain. Judge Paul Gardephe dismissed the case, saying the allegedly false statements were made prior to the period in question in the suit. But he left the door open to an amended complaint. "Nearly all of the purportedly false statements cited in the complaint were made prior to the start of the class period," the judge wrote in the opinion, dated Monday and made public Tuesday.

Diana leaked royal directory to UK tabloid, court hears

The late Princess Diana leaked a royal phone directory to the now defunct News of the World tabloid, its former royal editor told Britain's phone-hacking trial on Thursday. Clive Goodman said that Diana sent him the contacts book by post in 1992, the year she separated from her husband Prince Charles, the heir to the throne. "She was going through a very, very difficult time," Goodman told London's Old Bailey court, where he is on trial for paying public officials for royal directories.

Diana leaked royal directory to UK tabloid, court hears

The late Princess Diana leaked a royal phone directory to the now defunct News of the World tabloid, its former royal editor told Britain's phone-hacking trial on Thursday. Clive Goodman said that Diana sent him the information by post in 1992, the year she separated from her husband Prince Charles, the heir to the throne. "She was going through a very, very difficult time. She told me she wanted me to see the scale of her husband's staff and household, compared with others," Goodman told London's Old Bailey, where he is on trial.

London lawyer named to lead FX probe at Bank of England

LONDON (Reuters) - A top London lawyer who investigated phone hacking at News Corp's British newspapers will lead a probe into the role of Bank of England officials in the possible manipulation of foreign exchange rates. The Bank of England said on Wednesday that the Oversight Committee of its governing body nominated lawyer Anthony Grabiner to lead the investigation into whether staff turned a blind eye to signs of manipulation in the $5.3 trillion-a-day global market, for which London is the main hub.

US Department of Justice sues Sprint, accusing company of over-charging for wiretap services

SAN FRANCISCO - Federal officials filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services. The lawsuit filed federal court in San Francisco alleges that that subsidiary of Sprint Corp. collected unallowable expenses from the FBI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and other government agencies while carrying out court-ordered wiretaps and other electronic intercepts of its customers.

US Department of Justice sues Sprint, accusing company of over-charging for wiretap services

SAN FRANCISCO - Federal officials have filed a lawsuit alleging that Sprint Communications Inc. overbilled government agencies $21 million for wiretap services. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco alleges that that Sprint Corp. subsidiary collected unallowable expenses from the FBI and other government agencies while carrying out court-ordered wiretaps and other electronic intercepts of its customers.

Ex-editor Rebekah Brooks tells trial she was horrified to learn of phone hacking

LONDON - Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks said Tuesday that she never sanctioned phone hacking, and was horrified when she learned the tabloid had targeted the cellphone of a missing teenager. When asked by her lawyer whether she had ever approved eavesdropping on voicemails, Brooks answered "no". She said that as editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid between 2000 and 2003 she didn't know phone hacking was against the law, but would have considered it a "serious breach of privacy."

US judge considers sending Angelina Jolie stuntwoman's phone hacking lawsuit to UK

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A federal judge in Los Angeles suggested Monday that Great Britain would be the proper place for a Hollywood stuntwoman to pursue a lawsuit against News Corp. and related companies over alleged phone hacking. But after hearing legal arguments, U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald said he would consider it further.

In UK trial, ex-editor Brooks denies knowing about hacking

Former Murdoch executive Rebekah Brooks on Thursday denied knowing anything about phone hacking while editing Britain's News of the World tabloid, as she took the stand for the first time in her trial. Brooks is charged with conspiring in voicemail hacking, conspiring to bribe public officials and two counts of trying to cover up her alleged crimes, although she was cleared Thursday of a fifth charge of approving a payment for a photo of Prince William in a bikini.

CNN talk show star Piers Morgan interviewed by UK police investigating phone hacking case

LONDON - Prominent CNN talk show host Piers Morgan confirmed Friday that he has been interviewed by British police investigating the illegal interception of telephone voicemails. Morgan, formerly a tabloid newspaper editor in Britain, was not arrested but was "interviewed under caution" on Dec. 6 by British detectives investigating the long-running phone hacking scandal. "This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided," Morgan said in a statement. "I attended that interview as requested." He has consistently denied wrongdoing.
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