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News Corp Facing More Legal Troubles Here And Abroad

Reported by Ellen - September 28, 2011 -

By Aria and Ellen

As you may know, News Corporation’s phone hacking troubles overseas may have opened up the American-based corporation to charges under the US Foreign Corrupt Policy Act. The media giant hired big American legal guns as the conglomerate that owns Fox News faces possibilities of criminal liabilities here in the U.S. Meanwhile, News Corp. faces two new civil suits.

The first lawsuit:

Mark Lewis, the lawyer for the family of murdered teen Milly Dowler (whose hacked voicemail led her family to believe she was still alive) has teamed up with New York civil rights attorney Norman Siegel for a possible lawsuit in the U.S.. The Guardian reports:

(Lewis) says he intends to assess whether he can launch a class action against News Corp using American foreign corruption laws, which make it illegal for US companies to pay bribes to government officials abroad.

The second Lawsuit:

Former News of the World editor (and former communications director for Prime Minister David Cameron) Andy Coulson, who has been arrested for his role in the phone hacking scandal, is suing a News Corp. subsidiary for reneging on an arrangement to pay his legal fees. The BBC reports:
BBC political correspondent Robin Brant said: "Even though Andy Coulson hasn't worked for the publishers of the now-defunct News of the World for more than four years, the paper's owners were still paying his legal fees in relation to the hacking investigations.

"But following Rupert Murdoch's appearance at the home affairs select committee in July the arrangement ended."

As AFP noted, this is at least the second time a Murdoch company has been sued over a reneged promise to pay legal fees over phone hacking.

Man, those legal trouble blues just keep building up for the Murdochs and their mega-corporation don’t they?

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