February 13, 2012 by staff
Murdoch U.S., The British lawyer for alleged victims of phone-hacking by newspapers said Monday he is flying to the United States within weeks to meet lawyers amid reports he may take legal action against media magnate Rupert Murdoch.
Mark Lewis, who is representing dozens of individuals who say their phones were hacked by Murdoch’s UK titles, confirmed to CNN he would meet lawyers, but declined to comment on the reports he planned to sue Murdoch.
Lewis said the purpose of his planned visit was “as always to represent my clients properly.”
His clients include the family of Milly Dowler, a missing teenager whose voice mail was allegedly hacked by News of The World before she was found murdered. Public outrage over the allegations led News International to shut down the tabloid in July.
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Police in London are investigating the hacking claims as well as suspected corruption involving public officials.
As part of this investigation, officers on Saturday arrested five senior journalists at Murdoch’s top-selling tabloid The Sun over allegations of improper payments to police and officials. A police officer, an employee of the Ministry of Defence and a member of the armed forces were also detained.
Last year Lewis told CNN he was “looking to pursue legal action on the basis of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the United States, whereby a holding company can be liable for practices outside the jurisdiction where the offence is said to have taken place.”
“Proceedings will be issued in the U.S. where we will seek information from the company’s directors about those issues and about corporate governance.”
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, enacted in 1977, makes it illegal for a U.S. person or company to pay foreign officials to obtain or retain business.
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