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    The News of the World scandal starts to mount up with court cases. Note the first paragraph.

    The father of Josie Russell, the girl who survived a hammer attack in which her mother and sister were killed, is among a raft of new claimants suing News International for alleged phone hacking, bringing the total to more than 60.

    Thirteen new legal writs, from claimaints including Sarah's law campaigner Sara Payne and 7/7 hero Paul Dadge, were issued against Rupert Murdoch's company on Monday, which followed 24 the week before.

    Payne campaigned with the News of the World to change the law so that parents could obtain access to information about paedophiles following the murder of her eight-year-old daughter, Sarah.

    Another writ was in the name of Paul Dadge, the man whose image was published across the world after he was photographed helping victims of the 7/7 tube bombings.

    There were also writs from singer Dannii Minogue, Paul Burrell, Princess Diana's former butler, and Shaun Russell, whose daughter Josie survived a hammer attack in which her mother and sister were killed in 1996.

    According to people familiar with the situation, the sudden flurry of writs occurred because of a judicial cut-off point for initial claims.

    It is thought the rash of lawsuits has been triggered by a deadline set by Mr Justice Vos to consider claims ahead of a January trial of a few test cases to determine how much News International should pay in damages to five of the victims.

    Among the high-profile names in the 63 writs are the former Downing Street communications chief Alastair Campbell and politicians, including John Prescott, Simon Hughes, Denis MacShane, Chris Bryant, Mark Oaten, Tessa Jowell and George Galloway.

    There are several actors in the list, such as Jude Law and Sadie Frost, and TV personalities including Steve Coogan and Ulrika Jonsson.

    There are also writs in the names of George Best's son, Calum, footballer Ashley Cole, rugby player Gavin Henson and jockey Kieren Fallon.

    Some of the writs involve more than one person. For example, Charlotte Church is joined in her lawsuit by her mother, Maria, and stepfather James.

    The overwhelming majority of the writs have been issued jointly against News Group Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that published the now defunct News of the World, and Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked under contract for the Sunday tabloid.

    However, one by singer Cornelia Crisan also names the former News of the World chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, and another of the paper's former reporters as defendants in her claim.

    It is the first phone-hacking lawsuit to target Thurlbeck. He was arrested and bailed in April for alleged phone hacking but has not been charged. He is suing News International for unfair dismissal.

    Thurlbeck said: "As I said last week, the truth will out. But this will be in the law courts and at a public tribunal."

    The number and range of the claims has taken some legal observers by surprise. One source said it suggests that News International's 20m contingency fund to deal with legal claims will not be anywhere near enough to cover the final total.

    One of the lawyers acting for some of the hacking victims, Mark Lewis, told Bloomberg News: "So far, fewer than 5% of the victims of Glenn Mulcaire have been notified.

    "He was just one agent used by one paper. When the final tally takes place, we will see thousands of claims and more than one paper."

    Lewis said that, as the number of claimants grows, estimates that Murdoch's company would need at least 100m to settle such claims looks like "a serious underestimate".

    His logic is based on the fact that only 200 people have been identified from the 4,000 names said to be on documents that were seized from Mulcaire's house in 2006, when he was arrested with the News of the World's former royal editor Clive Goodman. Both Mulcaire and Goodman were jailed for phone hacking in early 2007.

    About half of those initially identified have launched legal actions. So, if the same proportion of the full 4,000 were to sue, then News International's liability, in terms of damages plus legal costs would be colossal.

    News International has already offered to pay one of Lewis's clients, the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, 3m.

    Media lawyer Niri Shan, of Taylor Wessing, said that victims who file claims before next year's trial could benefit because "there is a level of uncertainty about what the court will award" in January. He added: "[News International parent company] News Corp may overpay to get rid of claimants."
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011...onal-60-claims

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    It's Thurlbeck's threat that interests me...

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    They only came to this conclusion by factoring in the genocidal, anti-scientific Anglo-Communist lie that carbon dioxide -- plant food -- is a pollutant. When the study sticks to actual pollutants, like mercury, they find that coal power is still a net benefit.
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    I didn't think there were many Communists left in England...

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    And apparently they work for the Queen.
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    Well you've got to admit it is a fantastic cover-story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bringthenoise View Post
    I didn't think there were many Communists left in England...
    There are in Inferno's reality
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    I guess that manure shouldn't be considered a pollutant either because it's plant food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bringthenoise View Post
    I didn't think there were many Communists left in England...
    Dude, Inferno's posting from Earth-3!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam C View Post
    Dude, Inferno's posting from Earth-3!
    Three is a rational number, I think that Earth (sqrt-1) is the place
    Pain shared is divided, joy shared is multiplied

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Soapdish View Post
    I guess that manure shouldn't be considered a pollutant either because it's plant food.
    Properly managed, it really shouldn't! I'm still shocked that we use precious fresh water to flush away all the nutrients we spend so much energy extracting and applying to fields in the first place. At the rate fertilizer prices are going, however, I seriously expect night soil collection (i.e., urine and feces) to once again be a viable, if undesirable, profession in a few decades, especially once high-grade phosphorous deposits are depleted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inferno View Post
    They only came to this conclusion by factoring in the genocidal, anti-scientific Anglo-Communist lie that carbon dioxide -- plant food -- is a pollutant. When the study sticks to actual pollutants, like mercury, they find that coal power is still a net benefit.
    *sigh* You really can't see how blather like this makes you impossible to take seriously? Also: why are Communists trying to kill all the plants?
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    Criminy, stop quoting the conspiratard, already. Watching him trying to put words together into coherent sentences is like watching chimps trying to figure out which blocks go into which holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bringthenoise View Post
    I didn't think there were many Communists left in England...
    Someone's keeping Alexei Sayle in work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tages View Post
    Criminy, stop quoting the conspiratard, already. Watching him trying to put words together into coherent sentences is like watching chimps trying to figure out which blocks go into which holes.
    Not true. The chimps can manage it.
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