Rupert Murdoch faces 600 fresh NoTW phone-hacking claims
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British police is examining an estimated 600 fresh claims of phone-hacking incidents at media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's now defunct tabloid News of the World.
According to sources, Scotland Yard detectives believe they can identify as many as 600 new incidents after obtaining the phone records of an insider who is now being lined up as a crown witness.
As a result of the new information, the force's Operation Weeting is revisitng the timetable for concluding its investigation, which had been due to be completed with the conclusion of trials this year, the Guardian reports.
According to the paper, the 600 new potential litigants fall into three groups: new victims; others who sued over hacking, but signed agreements with NI allowing them to sue the company again; and a third group who signed agreements potentially barring them from suing again.
The indications are that there may be 'some hundreds of new legal actions' from the first two groups, the paper added.
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