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Mirror Group facing up to 50 more phone-hacking cases, court hears

Lawyers for phone hacking victims have told the Royal Courts of Justice that there are nearly 50 cases of alleged phone-hacking pending against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN)

At a hearing this morning, David Sherborne, counsel for hacking victims, said that while the cases of Sven Goran Eriksson, Christopher Eccleston and the former nanny for David Beckham Abbie Gibson had been resolved there was still no agreement on the alleged hacking of Eastenders actors Shane Richie, Lucy Taggart, and Alan Yentob and Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati.

The court was told that Eriksson and Eccleston had agreed a settlement of £30,000 plus costs while Gibson and Ritchie had accepted £15,000. In a separate agreement footballer Garry Flitcroft received £20,000 plus costs.

Sherbourne also revealed that the number of civil suits pending was far higher than previously known, with 20 cases already submitted and between 10 and 20 more still to be filed.

He also accused MGN of "stalling" over a motion that they disclose to the claimant's documents that could reveal the full extent of illegal phone-hacking by the newspaper's journalists.

In a surprise move earlier this week MGN's parent company Trinity Mirror accepted for the first time legal liability in some cases of phone-hacking and confirmed it had set aside £4m to deal with the issue.

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