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News Corp. settles hacking claims with 36 victims

However, the much-maligned news organization finally admits guilt after years of denials

When all else fails, it’s time to open the wallet. News International, the British newspaper unit of News Corp., has begun settling the 60 lawsuits filed by victims of the widely publicized voicemail interceptions at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.

News International agreed to a wide range of payments to victims at a hearing today in London, beating the first civil trial in the matter by about a month. The settlements range from £5,000 for less-serious hacking violations to about £100,000 in more-serious cases. Eighteen settlements were outlined today, totaling £642,000 plus legal fees.

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