LORRIE L. FISHER
ASI FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
APPLICATION FOR SUPERVISORY REVIEW FROM THE TWENTY-FOURTH
JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF JEFFERSON, STATE OF
LOUISIANA NO. 731-802, DIVISION "G" HONORABLE E.
ADRIAN ADAMS, JUDGE PRESIDING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF/RESPONDENT, LORRIE L. FISHER Anthony L.
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT/RELATOR, ASI FEDERAL CREDIT UNION Paula
M. Wellons, Stephen T. Perkins.
composed of Judges Susan M. Chehardy, Fredericka Homberg
Wicker, and Jude G. Gravois
GRANTED; JUDGMENT VACATED; SUMMARY JUDGMENT GRANTED;
M. CHEHARDY CHIEF JUDGE.
writ application, relator, ASI Federal Credit Union
(hereinafter "ASI"), seeks review of the denial of
its motion for summary judgment with respect to Lorrie
Fisher's defamation claim against ASI. For the following
reasons, we grant defendant's writ application, vacate
that ruling, grant summary judgment in favor of ASI, and
dismiss this matter.
and Procedural History
petition filed on October 9, 2013, Lorrie Fisher sued ASI for
defamation for written statements that ASI made to the
Louisiana Workforce Commission when Fisher sought
unemployment benefits after her termination from ASI.
Specifically, ASI's notice of termination stated its
reasons for Ms. Fisher's termination as: "poor work
performance; refuses to take responsibility for actions; not
receptive to feedback to improve; did not show any
improvement in past two evaluations."
December 30, 2016, ASI moved for summary judgment "based
on the truth of the statements challenged by plaintiff, the
conditional or qualified privilege that attached to those
statements, and the lack of any cognizable damages allegedly
caused by those statements." To its motion for summary
judgment, ASI attached copies of Ms. Fisher's performance
reviews and deposition excerpts from Ms. Fisher's
supervisors stating that the statement in its notice of
termination was accurate regarding Ms. Fisher's job
performance. Further, ASI attached deposition excerpts in
which Ms. Fisher acknowledged that she is currently employed
and that she does not know of any specific job that declined
to hire her because of her termination from ASI.
April 24, 2017, the trial judge heard argument on ASI's
motion for summary judgment. On April 28, 2017, the trial
judge denied summary ...