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U.K. phone-hacking lawyer mulls U.S. suit

Mark Lewis instructs U.S. lawyer to pursue case Stateside

High-profile U.K. attorney Mark Lewis, who has pursued News Corp. over phone-hacking allegations, told the Associated Press on Friday that Gotham lawyer Norman Siegel, who represents several family members of 9-11 victims, would be filing suit against the conglom in Gotham the coming weeks.

News Corp. declined comment, but a source close to the company said that the company didn’t see a basis for civil liability in the U.S. based on the recent legal actions involving Lewis’ U.K. clients.

It’s been speculated that a proposed Stateside case against the company would depend on interpretation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a statute that prevents U.S. companies from bribing foreign officials (U.K. newspaper The Guardian reported that the News of the World paid Brit police officers at least £100,000 ($154,000).

In July, News Corp. hired D.C. prosecutor Mark Mendelsohn, who until last year had been prosecuting suspected violators of the FPCA for the U.S. Department of Justice.