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Accident Exchange recovers hire charges in first Autofocus retrial case

Accident Exchange has recovered hire charges in full after successfully appealing in a court case against Autofocus.

Accident Exchange took Autofocus to court in October 2009 over allegations that it gave bad information in compensation cases going as far back as 2007.

Yesterday's result is the first in a wave of cases currently being appealed by Accident Exchange. In total, it has identified approximately 2,500 cases where the decision of the court may have been based on the dishonest evidence given by employees of Autofocus.

Steve Evans, chief executive of Accident Exchange, said: “This is an extremely significant result. We have around 2,500 cases just like this and the outcome in this case validates fully the concerns we expressed about Autofocus 12 months ago.

“This case is one of a number in which we have evidence that Autofocus fabricated evidence centrally and then provided it to their rate surveyors for use in legal proceedings on behalf of insurers.”

Autofocus went into administration on July 28, 2010.

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