Why should that be? Ah well. As the Guardian has told, “Trinity Mirror is facing a soaring legal bill after dozens more alleged phone-hacking victims, including senior Labour party figures, scores of TV stars and David Beckham’s father, prepare to sue the Daily Mirror publisher … More than 100 alleged victims are believed to be preparing to launch claims once a compensation precedent has been set”. It’s now been set.
There could be a way out: as Evan Harris has outlined to the BBC, were Trinity Mirror to join a press self-regulator recognised under the Royal Charter, they could use the provisions of the relevant legislation to shelter from more expensive upcoming claims. Impress, founded by Jonathan Heawood and with Harold Evans as its patron, is to seek recognition later this year. The door is open to Trinity Mirror.
I doubt that membership of IMPRESS would help in this instance. Surely the membership would only cover "offences" committed during the period of membership. Any "offences" carried out before becoming a member would not count under the protection provisions.
Andrew. I had the same thought. It would be like taking out insurance after say a house fire, and expecting it to be backdated.
Important to note that lawyer who oversaw all this illegal bad stuff at TM is Martin Cruddace later involved in doing same type of stuff at Betfair. See @snortingxchange for more info.
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