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News Corp., Management Committee Sued Over Sun Editor Firing

October 17, 2011

Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- News Corp. and the board-appointed body that’s handling investigations into phone-hacking charges at its U.K. newspapers, was sued by a former editor who was fired in July.

Matt Nixson, who was a features editor at the Sun and formerly worked at the shuttered News of the World, sued News Corp.’s U.K. unit over his dismissal, a person with direct knowledge of the lawsuit said. The claim was filed in London on Oct. 14, according to court records.

Nixson is at least the fifth former employee to sue the company since the phone-hacking scandal erupted in July and the first to name members of the Management Standards Committee as defendants. The MSC was formed in July to deal with police and political investigations into charges that reporters used illegal tactics to acquire information for stories.

Simon Greenberg, Will Lewis and Jeffrey Palker, the members of the MSC, are named in the suit along with Anthony Grabiner, a veteran commercial lawyer and member of the U.K. Parliament’s House of Lords who was hired as an independent overseer of the committee.

News International spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop declined to comment on the case. Paul Durman, a spokesman for the MSC, also declined to comment.

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World and a former press adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, filed a suit in September when News Corp. stopped paying his legal fees, as did News of the World private investigator Glenn Mulcaire over the same issue in August. Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck filed a wrongful termination suit at an employment tribunal that same month. Ian Edmondson, a former assistant editor at the tabloid, filed a similar claim, according to the Daily Mail.

The case is Nixson v. News Group Newspapers, High Court of Justice Queens Bench Division, Case No. HQ11X03843.

--With assistance from Kit Chellel in London. Editors: Anthony Aarons, Simon Thiel

To contact the reporters on this story: Jonathan Browning in London at jbrowning9@bloomberg.net; Amy Thomson in London at athomson6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Aarons at aaarons@bloomberg.net


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