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Footballer Ryan Giggs settles his phone hacking case

Ryan Giggs has settled his phone hacking damages claim against News Group Newspapers.

Hugh Tomlinson QC told Mr Justice Vos at London's High Court yesterday that the case had reached settlement since the proceedings last came before him on April 20.

Lawyers later confirmed that this was on confidential terms.

There are still 46 active claims in this, the second wave of the litigation, as it emerged that TV presenter June Sarpong had issued proceedings.

At the case management conference, ahead of a February 2013 trial date for any claims that do not reach agreement, the judge said the process had to be “cathartic”. He added: “The whole purpose of this litigation is to achieve peace ultimately with the people who were intercepted.”

Among those on the register of claims are: Northern Ireland actor James Nesbitt; singer James Blunt; footballer Peter Crouch and his wife wife Abigail Clancy; former boxer Chris Eubank; footballer Kieron Dyer; presenter Jamie Theakston; former Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife Cherie Blair; rugby player and TV presenter Matt Dawson and footballer Wayne Rooney.

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