July 8, 2009: Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, sues NOTW for illegally intercepting cell phone messages. News International settles the case out of court, paying £700,000 in legal costs and damages. Taylor signs an agreement not to reveal details of the case and the court seals the file.
2009: Members of Parliament challenge Brooks to testify on the phone-hacking allegations. She repeatedly refuses to attend hearings. "The chief executive of News International, Rebekah Brooks, was pursued on three separate occasions before we gave up," says Tom Watson, a Labour member of the committee.
October 2010: Sienna Miller (one of many celebrities convinced they were hacked by NOTW) sues for breach of confidence and harassment. The case is settled out of court.
July 4, 2011: The Guardian reports that in 2002 NOTW hacked the voicemail of missing school girl, Milly Dowler, deleting some messages. That gave her family hope that she was alive--a hope denied when it was later discovered that she'd been murdered.
July 7, 2011: James Murdoch shuts down NOTW, ending its 168-year history.
July 8, 2011: Brooks announces she will not resign as CEO.
July 15, 2011: Brooks steps down, saying she is going to "concentrate on correcting the distortions and rebutting the allegations about my record." U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announces the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into News International.
July 17, 2011: Brooks is arrested (in Britain, "arrest" is an early step in criminal investigations and often no charges are filed). She is questioned and released on bail 12 hours later without being charged.
July 19, 2011: James Murdoch testifies before Parliament with his father, asserting “there’s no evidence that I’m aware of” that Brooks (or other senior executives) knew about the phone hacking.