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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:In 1997, Melvin Block allegedly caused an automobile accident which injured Joshua Stafford. Stafford, through his mother, Rebecca Stafford, sued and then agreed to a settlement with Block and his insurer, Allstate Insurance Co. As part of the settlement, Stafford signed a document releasing Block, Allstate and Allstate’s affiliates from all claims arising out of the accident. Four years after signing the release, Stafford sued Allstate and several of its affiliates as class representative of a purported class of persons who had been involved in structured settlements with one or more of the Allstate entities. The trial court granted summary judgment in favor of Allstate and its affiliates based on the affirmative defense of release. HOLDING :The court affirms the summary judgment in favor of those appellees. The court reverses the summary judgment as to Allstate Indemnity Co., Allstate Property and Casualty Co., Allstate County Mutual Insurance Co. and Allstate Texas Lloyds, and remands to the trial court for further proceedings. By its language, the release applies to, “any and all past, present or future claims, . . . whether based on a tort, contract or other theory of recovery . . . which may hereafter accrue or otherwise be acquired on account of, or in any way growing out of, or which are the subject of the Complaint.” The release is not limited to particular types of claims that resulted from the accident. Nor is it limited solely to claims that existed at the time the release was executed. The release covers all claims, based on any theory of recovery, accruing at any time in the past or future, that grow out of the accident. The release shows no intent to be limited in the manner which Stafford suggests. Absent any language of limitation, the court cannot supply such a narrow interpretation. The claims in Stafford’s present suit are based on actions taken by Allstate during the settlement negotiations and actions taken as a result of the settlement. The settlement negotiations and the settlement itself were a direct result of the automobile accident, i.e., they would not have occurred but for the accident. Therefore, Stafford’s claims based on the settlement and settlement negotiations grew out of the accident. Stafford’s own petition states, “Specifically, the claims arise out of the conduct in the underlying lawsuit filed in Jefferson County, Texas.” The release bars any claims that grew out of the accident. Hence, the release contained in the settlement agreement bars Stafford’s claims against all parties that were released. By its own language, the release signed by Stafford applies to any “subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, predecessors and successors in interest and assigns” of Allstate Insurance Co. Elsewhere in the settlement agreement and release, Allstate is given the right to assign its obligation to Allstate Settlement Corp. Allstate is also given the right to purchase an annuity from Allstate Life Insurance Co. The release is applicable to both Allstate Life Insurance Corp. and Allstate Settlement Corp., as well as Allstate Insurance Co. The parties agree that the release is not applicable to any of the nontransaction defendants � Allstate Indemnity Co., Allstate County Mutual Insurance Co., Allstate Texas Lloyds, and Allstate Property and Casualty Co. Stafford has pled sufficient facts to establish standing against those parties. OPINION:Morriss, C.J.; Morriss, C.J., Ross and Carter, JJ.

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