Court upholds dismissal of woman's claim of illegal conversion/seizure of car and cash
Michigan First Credit Union sued Barbara Smith after she publicly claimed that the Credit Union had illegally seized her car annd $40,000.00 from her Credit Union account. The Credit Union sued for defamation after Smith publicly protested in front of the Credit Union's office, and Smith counter-sued for conversion, arguing that the credit union illegally repossessed her car and seized the cash in her account. A succession of judges and courts were forced to rule on the complicated and highly-emotionally charged series of transactions, and Smith's claims of unfair treatment within the court system. Ultimately her counter-claim was dismissed on procedural grounds, at least in part because she was acting without benefit of counsel.