Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of phone hacking claims, has won his High Court action against News Group Newspapers over his legal fees.
Mulcaire, who was jailed for six months in 2007 for intercepting messages on royal aides' phones, had sued News International subsidiary NGN for breach of contract.
He said he could not fund his legal defence or pay costs or damages incurred in the civil hacking litigation - due to start in February - and asked for a declaration that NGN had no right to terminate an alleged June 2010 indemnity, the Press Association reported.
NGN argued that Mulcaire's demand for £750,000 in return for his co-operation over the proceedings negated the offer.
Mulcaire was not in court in London for the ruling by the Chancellor of the High Court, Sir Andrew Morritt.