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What is clear is that fallout in the scandal may just be beginning.

Legal experts said Monday it is possible Mr. Murdoch’s U.S. companies even may face legal actions because of the shady practices at the News of the World, his now defunct British tabloid.

They said News Corp. might be liable to criminal prosecution under the 1977 Corrupt Foreign Practices Act, a broad act designed to prosecute executives who bribe foreign officials in exchange for large contracts.

Prime Minister David Cameron also appeared under pressure because of his close ties to key figures in the scandal.

The former editor of the paper, Andy Coulson, later worked for the Conservative leader as his communications director. Mr. Cameron reportedly also is close to Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of the tabloid’s publisher, News International.