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News Corp.'s Times of London Sued for Email Hacking

Rupert Murdoch

The paper that is part of Rupert Murdoch's conglomerate has so far avoided the spotlight amid the phone hacking scandal.

LONDON - The Times of London has so far mostly managed to stay out of the headlines amid the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

But Bloomberg News reported on Friday that detective Richard Horton, who wrote an unauthorized, anonymous blog about police work, this week filed a lawsuit against the U.K. newspaper for hacking into his e-mail account in 2009 and revealing his identity.

The Times, Britain’s oldest daily, in January admitted the hacking. Horton is seeking “substantial” damages, his lawyer told Bloomberg, which said the suit was filed after the paper failed to respond to a letter describing his claims.

Police probes has so far focused on phone hacking and bribery charges against News Corp.'s now-defunct News of the World and its Sun tabloid.

The news of the Times lawsuit comes at the end of a week that saw a U.K. lawyer promise three phone hacking suits in U.S. courts in a move that is seen as bringing that scandal's pressure closer to News Corp.'s U.S. headquarters.

A spokeswoman for News Corp.'s U.K. newspaper operation declined to comment on the suit.

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