Statements of behalf of 17 people who have settled their claims were read out before Mr Justice Vos today as part of actions brought against News Group Newspapers, publishers of the now defunct News of the World newspaper.
They include singer James Blunt, former Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston, entertainer Uri Geller - who was present in court - actor Hugh Grant, former Labour Government minister Geoffrey Robinson and Colin Stagg, who was wrongly accused of murdering Rachel Nickell.
Other statements being read out today are on behalf of TV presenter Jeff Brazier, actress and singer Kerry Katona, presenter June Sarpong and anthropologist and adventurer Christopher Terrill.
More top news
Some 465 seats are up for grabs in the lower house, which Abe dissolved last month to call a snap election amid rising approval ratings.
Ministers are also looking at schemes such as “lock-in agreements” to reduce the 250,000 sales that fall through annually.
Staff have racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees as Robert Mueller and House and Senate committees probe Moscow’s meddling.