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Murdoch’s Phone Hacking Scandal Set to Cross the Atlantic
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The phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s ‘News of the World’ may soon be fought out in U.S. courts. Norman Siegel of Siegel Teitelbaum & Evans LLP and Steven Hyman of McLaughlin & Stern LLP have teamed up with Mark Lewis, the UK lawyer who caused the exposure of the hacking. Claims are in the pipeline against Murdoch’s former tabloid in U.S.

A U.S. citizen is the main client and already other suspected victims of Murdoch’s UK newspapers have contacted Mark Lewis over the issue, Lewis declared at a press conference in New York on Thursday.

Seigel and Hyman have been conducting their own investigations into the possible hacking of the phones of 9/11 victims by News of the World. After it was found that the tabloid had hacked the voice messages of hundreds of people, Murdoch abruptly shut down the concern in U.S.


However, the lawyers here in U.S. are bringing over the lawyer who brought down Murdoch in U.K. The team including Seigel, Hyman and Lewis said that they are still in the process of compiling evidence that would show victims constantly hacked between 2001 and 2006.

Citing privacy issues, Lewis refused to identify the clients.

Mark Lewis had represented teenage murder victim Milly Dowler in the case that exposed illegal news gathering by Murdoch’s News of the World. Recently, some journalists of the Sun were also arrested in connection with phone hacking and illegal news gathering.

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Seigel said that since Monday, people have been constantly phoning him over their suspicions that their phones had been hacked.

News Corp, Murdoh’s New York-based company has been running smooth, and has so far been untouched by the scandal on the other side of the Atlantic. In fact, the stocks of News Corp has risen about 5 percent since the scandal erupted in Britain.

Lewis told the media that they had not yet contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the matter.



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