On Friday, 11 November, the seven high-profile claimants, including Prince Harry, Sir Elton John, and actor Elizabeth Hurley, won the right to take their lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Mail to trial over alleged phone tapping and other illegal activities. The High Court in London rejected Associated Newspapers' application to throw out the claims, which alleged that the publisher obtained private and confidential information by using private investigators, intercepting voicemail messages and listening in on live telephone calls. Privacy lawyers and campaigners praised the ruling as a "victory for common sense" that will send a "shockwave across the press industry".
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