A group of former detectives, whose corruption trial became one of the most expensive in British legal history, have lost a legal bid to sue South Wales Police force.
Graham Moucher, Thomas Page, Richard Powell, John Seaford, Michael Daniels, Peter Greenwood, Paul Jennings and Paul Stephen went on trial accused of framing a group of Cardiff men over the 1988 murder of prostitute Lynette White.
Stephen Miller, Yusef Abdullahi and Anthony Paris spent four years behind bars before their murder convictions were quashed on appeal.
The real killer was eventually caught following advances in DNA technology in 2003.
Jeffrey Gafoor confessed to stabbing Ms White more than 50 times following a row over £30.
More than £30m of taxpayers' cash was spent on the ex-South Wales Police officers' trial before the case collapsed when key documents went missing.
The detectives in the original investigation, who had all denied any wrongdoing, later launched a legal bid to sue their old employers for claims including unlawful arrest and misfeasance in public office.
Court papers showed there were 15 claimants, including the eight former detectives who were charged, seeking to mount a legal challenge against South Wales Police.
However, High Court Judge Mr Justice Wyn Williams dismissed all the claimants' applications at a hearing at Cardiff Civil Justice Centre.
Solicitors representing the former police officers said they are "considering the possibility" of launching an appeal against the decision.