Westminster Confidential

Two reports today reveal the widening scale of the phone hacking scandal at both News International and the Trinity Mirror group.
The authoritative Inforrm blog carries a report from lawyer James Heath on a decision handed down today by Mr Justice Mann throwing out an attempt by the Mirror to strike out claims from three celebrities and a nanny to a celebrity couple that their phones were hacked.
It reports:”Shobna Gulati, the Coronation Street actress, Sven Goran-Eriksson, the former England manager, Abbie Gibson, former nanny to Victoria and David Beckham, and Garry Flitcroft, the former Captain of Blackburn Rovers, brought claims against MGN Ltd (publishers of, amongst other titles, the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday People newspapers).
The four claims are for misuse of private information and breach of confidence arising out of the alleged interception of voicemail messages (commonly known as “phone hacking”).”
The decision means…

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