Summary Box: Compensation plan in hacking scandal

COMPENSATION PLAN: News Corp.’s British unit says it has launched a compensation plan for victims of phone hacking by the now-defunct Sunday tabloid, News of the World.

AVOIDING LAWSUITS: News International describes it as “a speedy, cost-effective alternative to litigation.”

VICTIMS’ RESPONSE: Victims’ lawyers suggest News International is trying to save on attorney’s fees. One lawyer, Mark Lewis, says it “remained to be seen” whether claimants would be disadvantaged by settling out of court.