from the Monroe City Court for the Parish of Ouachita,
Louisiana Trial Court No. 2015CV03931 Honorable Aisha S.
W. BRITTON, III Counsel for Appellant.
JEFFERIA KEYS WASHINGTON QUANOLSHAY SCOTT In Proper Person
WILLIAMS, DREW and PITMAN, JJ.
November 19, 2015, Bobby Clay was backing her Jeep Liberty
from her driveway, when she collided with a 2003 Mercury
Grand Marquis which was owned by Jefferia Washington, but was
being driven on the roadway by her goddaughter,
took responsibility for the wreck, wanting to avoid making a
claim against her insurance company. She told Scott that she
would pay the damages she caused to the Mercury, which were
confined to an area around the rear passenger-side door.
Scott agreed and Clay proceeded to church. The three ladies
gathered together that evening and reconfirmed the deal.
next day, a repair estimate was rendered in the amount of $2,
061.32, which seemed extremely high to Clay. Nonetheless,
within three days of the accident, Clay had paid the repair
estimate in full, to end the controversy.
later filed a lawsuit against Washington and Scott, alleging
"false estimate charges and fraud." In turn,
Washington filed a counterclaim, alleging that Clay had
defamed, harassed and stalked her. A trial was held in Monroe
City Court, with all three parties appearing without
counsel. The trial court dismissed all claims,
expressing credibility problem with Clay. Only Clay appeals.
testified that when she went to the repair shop to pay for
the damage to Washington's vehicle, she had misgivings
that she was being charged for preexisting damages.
Nonetheless, she paid the entire amount, because she was
frustrated and "wanted to get it over with."
repair estimate was made by Joseph Sanchez, a certified
insurance appraiser. The estimate appears to include some
point, the inquiry becomes confusing, because Jack Whit, the
actual repairman, testified that he did not charge any fee
for those older damages.
is nothing in the record to indicate that Washington or Scott
misrepresented or suppressed the truth with the intention
either to obtain an unjust advantage or to cause a loss or
inconvenience to Clay. Nor does this record support a finding
that Washington ...