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News Corp. Willing To Pay Big Bucks To Murdered Teen's Family

Reported by Ellen - September 20, 2011 -

Not surprisingly, News Corporation seems willing to pay a pretty hefty sum to the family of murdered teen Milly Dowler whose hacked voice mail led her family to believe she was still alive.

The Guardian reports that News Corp. has offered a £3 million settlement to her family, noting that it's a far larger offer than the previous settlements.

It is understood that News International has made a settlement offer estimated by sources at close to £3m, a figure that would include a £1m donation to charity. But the publisher has not yet reached agreement with the Dowler family, whose lawyers were thought to be seeking a settlement figure of closer to £3.5m.

...On Monday afternoon there was growing speculation that a deal is close, although other sources familiar with the negotiations indicated that there are still enough matters unresolved to mean that an agreement in principle had not yet been reached behind the scenes.

Sienna Miller accepted £100,000 from News International after the publisher accepted unconditional liability for her phone-hacking and other privacy and harassment claims in May. A month later Andy Gray accepted £20,000 in damages plus undisclosed costs.

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