April 29, 2016
Sun phone-hacking claims to proceed
High Court allows amendments to include The Sun
Claimants will be allowed to bring claims for alleged phone-hacking by the Sun newspaper, following a decision by Mann J on Thursday 28 April 2016. The Judge’s ruling permits claims to be brought against News Group Newspapers relating to The Sun newspaper, alongside those being brought against the now defunct News of the World.
News Group Newspapers had resisted the Claimants’ application to amend their Generic Particulars of Claim, which are used in all phone-hacking cases against News Group, to include allegations of phone hacking at The Sun newspaper. News Group had also sought to strike out a claim by Mr Simon Clegg MBE (former Chief Executive of the British Olympic Association) which relied on articles published in The Sun as evidence of misuse of his private information. However, after considering the evidence relied on by the Claimants to support a case that phone-hacking was taking place at The Sun, Mann J resolved both applications in the Claimants’ favour.
There are currently four claims which rely on articles published in The Sun, but the decision is also likely to impact on a number of existing claims and many others which may be brought in the future.
The judgment of Mann J can be found here.