November 2005 -
British tabloid News of the World (NoW) prints a story about Prince William
injuring his knee, prompting royal officials to complain to the police of probable voicemail hacking.
May 15, 2007 - The Press Complaints Commission says it found no evidence of phone hacking at NoW.
July 2007 -
Goodman and Mulcaire sue NoW for wrongful dismissal. Goodman receives £80,000 and Mulcaire receives an undisclosed amount.
Coulson is hired as director of communications for Conservative party leader David Cameron,
who becomes UK prime minister in May 2010.
June 2008 - News Group Newspapers pays £700,000 to Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, whose phone was hacked by Mulcaire.
November 2009 - The Press Complaints Commission releases a report concluding that there is no evidence of continued phone hacking.
March 2010 - Celebrity public relations agent Max Clifford agrees to drop his lawsuit against NoW for a payment of more than £1 million.
September 2010 - Former NoW journalist Sean Hoare alleges that phone hacking was a common practice at NoW and encouraged by Coulson.
January 21, 2011 - Coulson resigns as British Prime Minister Cameron's spokesman due to coverage of the phone hacking scandal.
January 26, 2011 - British Metropolitan Police launch a new investigation into voicemail hacking allegations at NoW.