Murdoch to pay Jude Law, 36 others for hacking (AP)

FILE - A Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 photo from files showing actor Jude Law as he poses for photographers at the European Premiere of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, at a central London cinema. Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper company on Thursday agreed to pay damages to 36 high-profile victims of tabloid phone-hacking, including actor Jude Law, soccer player Ashley Cole and former British Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott. In the 15 settlements whose financial terms were made public, amounts generally ran into the tens of thousands of pounds (dollars) — although Law received 130,000 pounds (about $200,000/156,000 euro) to settle claims against the now-shuttered News of the World tabloid and its sister paper, The Sun. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)AP – Rupert Murdoch’s media empire apologized and agreed to cash payouts Thursday to 37 people — including a movie star, a soccer player, a top British politician and the son of a serial killer — who were harassed and phone-hacked by his tabloid press.