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Williams v. Glash

Supreme Court of Texas
789 S.W.2d 261 (1990)


Facts

Margaret Williams (plaintiff) was involved in a car accident with Stephen Glash (defendant). Williams contacted Glash’s insurance company, State Farm, about the damage to Williams’ car. State Farm had Williams sign a claim form that included a release for personal injuries. State Farm wrote Williams a check for the amount of damage to the car. Later, Williams developed neck and back injuries as a result of the accident. Williams sued Glash. Glash filed a motion for summary judgment based on the release Williams’ signed. The trial court granted Glash’s motion and the court of appeals affirmed the decision. Williams appealed.

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Holding and Reasoning (Doggett, J.)

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