Summary Box: 9 phone hacking lawsuits settled

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NEW SETTLEMENTS: Nine more phone hacking lawsuits against Rupert Murdoch’s News International have been settled, including a case brought by comedian Steve Coogan.

ABOUT THE SCANDAL: It emerged last summer that journalists at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid had routinely hacked into the phones of celebrities, politicians, sports figures and even crime victims.

MORE TO COME: Murdoch’s company still faces a host of other lawsuits linked to journalists obtaining scoops using illegal means. Hugh Tomlinson, the lawyer for the victims, says six more lawsuits had been filed and 50 other cases are being prepared.