US judge mulls sending phone hacking case to UK

Still from the movie
Still from the movie "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Eunice Huthart, a double for Angelina Jolie, alleges her phone was hacked while she was in Hollywood filming "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."
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A federal judge in Los Angeles is suggesting that Great Britain would be the proper place for a Hollywood stuntwoman to pursue a lawsuit against News Corp. and related companies over alleged phone hacking.

But after hearing legal arguments Monday, the judge says he'll consider it further.

Such a ruling would undercut efforts by New York lawyer Norman Siegel to take on Rupert Murdoch's companies in a U.S. courtroom, where discovery laws are more liberal than in England. Siegel is seeking more details about the alleged hacking scheme.

Eunice Huthart, a double for Angelina Jolie, alleges her phone was hacked while she was in Hollywood filming "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Jolie and Brad Pitt became a romantic item during filming, and it was reported by the Sun newspaper.