News Corp. Reaches Settlements in Some Phone-Hacking Cases

News Corp. has reached settlements in a majority of the civil lawsuits it faces in Britain over phone hacking at the now-closed News of the World tabloid, but the media giant faces new claims by victims’ lawyers that senior employees covered up wrongdoing and destroyed evidence.

News Group Newspapers, a unit of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper business, recently reached about 36 new settlement agreements, including with actor Jude Law and soccer player Ashley Cole, according to Hugh Tomlinson, a lawyer representing phone-hacking victims at the High Court in London on Thursday.

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