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Tony Blair’s Wife Suing News Corp. Buddies

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform on October 14, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  Rupert Murdoch was the keynote speaker at the two-day National Summit on Education Reform.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Cherie Blair, the wife of former U.K. prime minister Tony Blair, has decided to sue Rupert Murdoch's News Group Newspapers Ltd. and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire over phone hacking, the Telegraph reports. Dozens of initial phone-hacking cases have already been settled by News Corp., with singer Charlotte Church, the lone holdout of the first batch, expected to come to an agreement this week, thus avoiding a High Court trial. But the Blairs represent a special case, both because of their international standing and their personal relationship with the Murdoch family: Tony Blair is the godfather of Rupert and Wendi Murdoch's youngest daughter, and attended her baptism on the banks of the Jordan River. Even if this case is settled easily, the true fallout won't be known until Christmas-card time.

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