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OTRC: Jude Law sues British tabloid News of the World for hacking phone

Jude Law appears in a still from his 1997 film, 'Gattaca.' (Columbia Pictures)

Jude Law is suing News of the World, after it was found that the British tabloid had tapped his phone and listened to voicemails in an attempt to gather exclusive information on the actor.

The best-selling Sunday tabloid is currently facing about 20 lawsuits after allegedly hacking several other celebrities, politicians and sports personalities, but more cases are expected to be brought forward, Reuters reports.

Law's case will be one of four "test cases" considered by Britain High Court judge Justice Geoffrey Vos who will establish the range of damages to award the victims, in an effort to avoid going to court for each one.

"Those are important questions as to exactly what was going on. To set the damages you need to know exactly what happened," Vos said at a case-management hearing recently.

News International, a unit of News Corp, which owns News of the World has offered compensation to some of those who've made claims, including Law's ex-girlfriend Sienna Miller, who received a payout of 100,000 pounds last week.

In 2007, a reporter at News Corp was jailed for phone-hacking and was later hired by Prime Minister David Cameron's office. The reporter resigned earlier this year when the investigation was reopened. Three News of the World journalists have been arrested since January, The Guardian reports.

The Guardian also listed a few other claimants, including comedian Steve Coogan, former footballer Paul Gascoigne, Max Clifford's former assistant Nicola Phillips, and Mary-Ellen Field, former adviser to model Elle Macpherson. They estimate that £20m has been set aside for payouts.

In February, Law broke up with his on-and-off again girlfriend, Sienna Miller. Law and Miller were previously engaged in December 2004. In mid-2005, the actor was reported to have had an affair with Daisy Wright, the nanny of his three children, whose mother is Sadie Frost. Law made a public apology, saying he was "deeply ashamed and upset" that he hurt Miller and their families.

The two soon broke up months later and got back together in 2006. The actress said the two were trying to work things out. They then split again and Miller reportedly dated actors such as Rhys Ifans and later, Balthazar Getty, who was married at the time. She and Law rekindled their romance in 2009.

Law's next role is in the "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," reprising his role as Dr. John Watson to Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes, which is slated for release on December 16, 2011.

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