Nadine Coyle, the Derry-born singer, has filed an action for damages in the High Court against Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers (NGN) over alleged hacking of her personal voicemails.
The case was filed in London on Thursday, where NGN is facing a new spate of lawsuits over alleged historical phone hacking by journalists The sun and the now defunct News from all over the world.
Law firm Shoosmiths, representing Coyle, confirmed that their client’s lawsuit against NGN is part of the ongoing Cell Phone Voicemail Tapping (MTVIL) litigation overseen by Judge Timothy Fancourt.
Coyle is understood to have taken over the case over articles published in both newspapers after talks with NGN failed to reach an agreement.
Coyle rose to fame in Ireland on the reality show pop stars in 2001, where she was disqualified for being too young after misrepresenting her age.
She later won a spot in the pop group Girls Aloud in the UK Popstars: The Rivals. Coyle enjoyed chart-topping success with the band before going solo.
Their lawsuit is the latest of 19 new phone-hacking cases filed against NGN in London since July 20, according to court watchdog package VizLegal.
Murdoch’s NGN paid £49million in legal fees and damages in the year ended 27 June 2021 related to historic phone hacking allegations. The cost last year was £80m. In March, NGN failed in a High Court motion to set a deadline of 29 July for any new claims to be included in the managed litigation process overseen by Mr Justice Fancourt.
As of April 2011, the MTVIL program has had more than 1,000 lawsuits filed in tranches. All were settled before the trial.
Of the lots, the first from April 2011 to February 27, 2012 included 64 claims. The second tranche ran from February 28, 2012 to July 4, 2014 and consisted of 230 issued claims. The third, from September 5, 2015 to March 23, 2019, had 91.
The fourth and current tranche opened on March 26, 2019 and continues with 164 claims issued through last March; 277 claims were settled in the pre-trial phase. It closes on Thursday.
NGN previously reached out-of-court settlements with Paul Gascoigne and Sienna Miller.
Lawsuits filed in recent weeks include a case involving Kristina Kyracou, who was King Charles’ communications secretary when she was Prince of Wales between 2009 and 2016.
The cases were filed by TV presenter Clare Balding; Natasha Lever, former sister-in-law of Ryan Giggs; Sam Mendes, the stage and film director; and Marc Bannerman, the Irish-born alumni EastEnders Actor.
Tom Watson, the former deputy leader of the British Labor Party, and radio presenter Chris Moyles have also sued in recent weeks, as has Raye Cosbert, the former promoter of Any Winehouse.
Phil Tufnell, former England cricketer and winner of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! in 2003 and his wife Dawn filed separate lawsuits in August. Gary Kemp, the lead guitarist for Spandau Ballet, filed a hacking lawsuit this month.
NGN has never accepted liability for voicemail interception The sun. It declined to comment on the cases filed by Ms Coyle and others.
In his March decision, Mr Justice Fancourt declined to set a definitive cut-off date for entry into MTVIL due to “a steady stream of new claims being issued that does not appear to be abating”. He said more people are realizing they may have been hacked by discoveries in other cases.
Mirror Group newspapers have also faced a series of lawsuits alleging phone hacking.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/former-girls-aloud-star-nadine-coyle-sues-sun-and-defunct-news-of-the-world-over-phone-hacking-allegations-42015070.html Former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle is suing Sun and the defunct News of the World over “phone hacking” allegations