Court Report: Hastings Insurance Faces Civil Fraud Allegation
Damages claim of more than £14,000 now headed to Preston County Court
Hastings Insurance Services Ltd., based in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, found itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit, filed in Preston County Court, alleging, among other things, fraud over the ‘voiding’ of an insurance policy.
Hastings, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 311492), proposed a payout to its insured on a rear-end accident in July that was clearly the fault of the other driver. Hastings wrote to its client, confirming no fault on 2 July 2018.
Hastings chose to write off their client’s vehicle and proposed a settlement and confirmed by email that the settlement would be made “with a couple days”. More than one month on and Hastings had not made the promised payout.
After failing to settle the claim as agreed, WireNews published an article that was read by several of Hastings’ employees, according to the IP addresses captured. An hour later, Hastings Insurance sent an email to their client saying that they had “voided” the insurance policy from 1 May 2018 without giving a reason.
According to a source familiar with the details of the claim, who spoke to WireNews on the condition of anonymity, the lawsuit exceeds £14,000 and is made against Hastings Insurance and the two other drivers and involves elements of personal injury, vehicle damage and civil fraud alleged against Hasting Insurance Services.
A formal complaint has been recorded with the Financial Conduct Authority against Hastings Insurance Services Ltd.
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