875 F.2d 867 (6th Cir. 1989), 88-1062, Regan v. Edward Lowe Industries, Inc.

Docket Nº:88-1062.
Citation:875 F.2d 867
Party Name:Lucille M. REGAN, an individual, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. EDWARD LOWE INDUSTRIES, INC., a foreign corporation, Defendant-Appellee.
Case Date:May 08, 1989
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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875 F.2d 867 (6th Cir. 1989)

Lucille M. REGAN, an individual, Plaintiff-Appellant,


EDWARD LOWE INDUSTRIES, INC., a foreign corporation, Defendant-Appellee.

No. 88-1062.

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

May 8, 1989

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        On Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

        Before NATHANIEL R. JONES, WELLFORD and RALPH B. GUY, Jr., Circuit Judges.

        PER CURIAM.

        Plaintiff brought this diversity action against her former employer, Edward Lowe Industries, Inc. (Lowe Industries), alleging that she was wrongfully terminated. The district court granted summary judgment for the defendant. Plaintiff appeals, asserting that the district court erred in granting summary judgment on plaintiff's claims of wrongful termination, age discrimination, and promissory estoppel. Upon review, we conclude that summary judgment was properly granted, and therefore, the decision of the district court is affirmed.


        Lowe Industries is an Indiana corporation that manufacturers products for cats, including "Kitty Litter." The president of Lowe Industries is Edward Lowe. Lowe lives on a farm in Cassopolis, Michigan. Lowe Industries' research and development center is also located on this farm.

        Plaintiff was hired by Lowe Industries in September of 1984. Prior to this date, plaintiff was living in Florida. She was working at a full-time secretarial job, but also was breeding and raising cats in her home. Her household "cattery" consisted of about twenty-eight Persian cats. During the summer of 1984, plaintiff was introduced to Edward Lowe through Chris Petty, an employee of Lowe Industries. Edward Lowe was interested in starting a new venture, a cat breeding business. Lowe met with plaintiff in Florida, and he toured her cattery. Lowe informed plaintiff of his plans for a cat breeding business. Plaintiff testified in her deposition that she was skeptical of Lowe and did not take him seriously because there are no corporate cat breeders in the world, very few people breed cats for a living, and cat breeding is mainly a hobby or cottage industry. Plaintiff also believed that Lowe's plans for a pentagon shaped cattery on his farm would not work. Plaintiff stated that she pursued discussions with Lowe because she wanted to sell him some of her cats. She testified that there were no promises or offers made to her during this meeting.

        Plaintiff was later invited to meet with Lowe on his farm in Michigan. Lowe again discussed cat breeding, and plaintiff took Lowe's ideas more seriously than she had previously. However, plaintiff, in her deposition, could not state any promises or offers of employment which were made to her at this time. She stated that she could not remember on what terms the meeting was concluded.

        Subsequently, in...

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