Kelly Hoppen Accepted £60,000 & Settled The Phone (Voicemail) Hacking Case

Kelly Hoppen, the stepmother of the actress Sienna Miller, settled her phone hacking claim against the News of the World by accepting £60,000 in damages and hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal costs. 
The celebrity interior designer became one of the most high-profile litigants in the voicemail interception scandal after she claimed that her phone was targeted by a reporter from the now-defunct Sunday tabloid as recently as last year – long after the paper insisted any such malpractice had been stamped out. 
At the High Court in London, lawyers for Rupert Murdoch's News International offered an "unreserved apology" to Ms Hoppen after her voicemails were accessed between 2004 and 2006 by the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. But the company said it had not admitted liability for the alleged later hacking of the 52-year-old's phone by the NOTW features writer Dan Evans between June 2009 and March 2010. The court was told Mr Evans had instead given "permanent undertakings" which had been accepted by Ms Hoppen.
In a hearing earlier this year, Mr Justice Vos, the judge presiding over the burgeoning number of civil hacking claims, was told that Mr Evans had accidentally dialled Ms Hoppen's mobile phone, including her direct dial voicemail number, because of "sticky keys" on his own handset and there had been no attempt to access her messages. The journalist, who was suspended while the allegations were investigated, lost his job in July along with more than 200 colleagues when the decision was taken to close the paper.
In a statement read in open court, Mark Thomson, the solicitor representing the designer, said: "The claimant considers that she is fully vindicated in respect of her claim."

-News Source (The Independent) 


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