OREANDA-NEWS. Heather Mills, the former wife of the popular British musician from The Beatles Paul McCartney reported that she had achieved a record high recovery on the lawsuit against News Group Newspapers Ltd owned by American media magnate Rupert Murdoch.

Mills said that 90 people together with her should receive compensation for defamation in the News of the World tabloid after the trials which lasted almost 10 years. The payments will be the highest in the history of British judicial history. However, Mills did not state the exact number.

News Group Newspapers used hacker techniques against the aggrieved persons, they invaded their privacy and published numerous false reports during the period between 1999 and 2010. Mills said that during the trial company had apologized for the campaign of denigrating of their names.

The publishing of News of the World was ceased in 2011 after a major scandal over the illegal tapping of the phones of politicians, celebrities and members of the royal family, bribing police officers for getting information. Among the injured persons were Angelina Jolie, Paul McCartney, Elton John and many others. Ex-prime minister's wife Tony Blair sued News Group Newspapers, suspecting that her phone was tapped. Andy Coulson, the editor-in-chief of News of the World, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for illegal tapping phones of the members of the royal family.

Nowadays News Group Newspapers is releasing another popular British tabloid – The Sun.