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Ex-Lib Dem minister Chris Huhne settles News Group hacking claim

Chris Huhne speaking outside the Rolls Building after the settlement (Jordan Pettitt/PA)
Chris Huhne speaking outside the Rolls Building after the settlement (Jordan Pettitt/PA) Chris Huhne speaking outside the Rolls Building after the settlement (Jordan Pettitt/PA)

Former Liberal Democrat cabinet minister Chris Huhne and a number of celebrities have settled hacking claims against News Group Newspapers.

A judge was told, at a High Court hearing in London on Tuesday, that comedian Catherine Tate, radio presenter Chris Moyles and Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm were among celebrities who had reached settlements after making complaints about information misuse and taken legal action.

Mr Justice Fancourt was overseeing the latest hearing in long-running litigation involving News Group, which publishes The Sun and used to publish the News Of The World.

He was given detail of settlements by lawyers at a High Court hearing in London on Tuesday.

Mr Huhne was at the hearing and said, outside court, that he had also reached an agreement with News Group.

Catherine Tate
Catherine Tate Catherine Tate was among the celebrities who have reached settlements after making hacking claims against News Group Newspapers (Matt Crossick/PA)

Former Boyzone member Shane Lynch, actor Mathew Horne and actor Keith Allen, father of singer Lily Allen, had also reached settlements, the judge was told.

Lawyers told Mr Justice Fancourt that Davinia Douglass, a survivor of the London July 7 2005 bombings, had also reached a settlement.

News Group Newspapers has previously settled a number of other claims.

Lawyers representing celebrities read agreed statements at a hearing in the Rolls Building in central London.

A barrister representing News Group Newspapers apologised and no detail of damages was given.