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Judge Blocks Prince Harry’s Claims Against ‘Trophy Targets’ Rupert Murdoch, Piers Morgan in Hacking Case | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker


The judge deemed allegations against the individuals as “not material” to the case, which will go to trial in January 2025, and amounted to a “new case.”

A London High Court judge blocked Prince Harry from adding billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch and journalist Piers Morgan to his phone hacking lawsuit in a ruling on Tuesday.

Mr. Justice Fancourt deemed allegations against the individuals as “not material” to the case, which will go to trial in January 2025, and amounted to a “new case.”

Prince Harry, along with 40 others, is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN), publisher of The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World, for alleged phone hacking and unlawful information gathering. The publisher denies these allegations.

Murdoch owns NGN, and Morgan, who has a known public feud with Prince Harry, edited the News of the World from 1994 to 1996. The plaintiffs aimed to include these high-profile figures, labelled as “trophy targets,” in the proceedings, but Fancourt rejected this move, stating it cannot be “an end in itself.

NGN responded: “The court in its judgement today has thoroughly vindicated NGN’s position and did not give permission to introduce large and significant portions of the amendments… NGN welcomes the judge’s decisions and comments.”

The publisher highlighted that many similar allegations had been previously addressed in criminal courts or by police investigations.

However, the court allowed Prince Harry’s lawyers to name and make allegations against other journalists and private investigators involved in the case.

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