News International close to settlement on hacking scandal

News International close to settlement on hacking scandal
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 8:46am

Rupert Murdoch's News International is believed to be close to agreeing on a settlement with the family of a murdered British schoolgirl who's phone was hacked by the now closed News of the World tabloid. The company is expected to pay 4.7 million dollars to settle hacking claims by the family. Sources close to the talks say the settlement is likely to involve a more than 3 million dollar payment to the family and a million and a half dollar donation to a charity.

A spokeswoman with News International confirmed that it is in advanced negotiations with the family regarding their compensation settlement. If the settlement goes through, it would be the biggest payout made by News International, the British newspaper arm of NewsCorp, in the phone hacking scandal.

 

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