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(Reuters) - Harbottle & Lewis, the law firm embroiled in the phone-hacking scandal sweeping Rupert Murdoch's News of the World newspaper, has taken the unusual step of fighting back against its former client to preserve its reputation.
Rupert Murdoch and his son James implicated the London-based law firm in the burgeoning scandal in July, saying Harbottle conducted an internal investigation into hacking at the News of the World in 2007, and absolved the company.
But that is not the line Harbottle presented in a 46-page submission to Parliament, dated August 11 and released with a host o
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that anti-corruption officers had arrested a 51-year-old male officer serving on Operation Weeting, the force's phone-hacking investigation.
In a separate statement, the force said it arrested a 35-year-old man on Friday.
There are growing concerns inside the company that evidence of questionable payments to police -- or other British public officials -- could fuel investigations by U.S. authorities into possible breaches of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), an American law that prohibits corrupt payments to foreign government officials. News International is owned by New York-based News Corp .
"We're more frightened by the (U.S. Justice Department) than we are of Scotland Yard," a source close to News Corp who was briefed about the content of the emails told Reuters. "All Scotland Yard can go after is News International but the Justice Department can go after all of News Corporation."
Rupert Murdoch, the media magnate, has sold his ranch in Carmel Valley, California because his wife, Wendi, 'didn't see it in her future portfolio'. Rupert Murdoch may not yet have disposed of his remaining British newspapers, but the proprietor of the News of the World has quietly sold off another treasured corner of his empire.
The 80-year-old media magnate and his pugnacious wife, Wendi (42) have received $17.8 million (Rs 81 crore) for their sprawling cattle ranch in Carmel Valley, California. "I understand that Wendi didn't see it in her future portfolio," claims one New York-based observer of the family.