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63 lawsuits filed against British tabloid newspaper News of the World

October 6, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Sixty-three lawsuits have been filed against the discontinued News of the World tabloid newspaper.The lawsuits accuse the tabloid of illegally hacking their phones.

The newspaper was shut down in July by News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch when it was revealed the paper had been hacking the voicemail of politicians, celebrities and crime victims.

A test case against the publisher will commence in January that includes actor Jude Law.

Other claimants include parents of children who were victims of violent crimes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.