According to a 28 September 2020 Notice of Trial Date, the matter of White v Hastings Insurance Services Limited will be heard in Fleetwood, Lancashire on 21 October 2020.
The fraud trial was originally listed for 24 March 2020 and it was expected to be heard at Blackpool County Court, but an application made on behalf of Hastings, citing fears over COVID-19 resulted in the hearing being postponed.
Once again, a week before the scheduled hearing, the company's solicitor has written to the Clerk of the Court seeking permission for a witness to give evidence remotely, over COVID-19 fears.
Hastings is involved in a row with one of its clients over the insurance company's failure to settle a vehicle claim as agreed. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 311492), Hastings proposed a payout to its insured on a rear-end accident in July 2018 that was clearly the fault of the other driver.
After WireNews published an article that offended the company's management and was read by several of Hastings' employees, Hastings retaliated by 'voiding' the insurance policy from before the accident without giving a reason. Subsequently, an unsustainable excuse was offered by Hastings' management for the policy cancellation.
In 2008, the Financial Conduct Authority fined Hastings £735,000 in respect of breaches of Principle 6 of the FSA's Principles for Businesses, because of wholesale cancellations of customer policies.