Politics 20 April 2012 News Corp's phone-hacking bill set to soar Costs set to rise beyond $200m as 46 new cases are filed at the high court. Print HTML The news that 46 new phone-hacking cases have been filed at the high court in London by figures including Wayne Rooney, actor James Nesbitt and John Major's former daughter-in-law, Emma Noble, will trouble News Corporation shareholders. The scandal has already cost the company at least $195m in lawyers' fees and payouts to victims, and with the total number of "likely victims" now estimated at 1,174 the final bill could end up being closer to $1bn. This reminder of the News of the World's industrial-level hacking also comes at an awkward moment for Rupert and James Murdoch. Both are appearing separately at the Leveson Inquiry next week. › Why do French intellectuals "know nothing about science"? News Corporation head Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, will appear at the Leveson Inquiry next week. Photograph: Getty Images. George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Peter Mandelson: I pray every day for an early election to end Labour's awful state Jeremy Corbyn to tell members: "Prepare for a 2017 general election" What will Labour's new awkward squad do next?