Crowder v. Ann L. Crowder Estate Trust
The appeals court upheld the Trust's motion for summary judgment. The Trust established that it was entitled to prevail as a matter of law on all of Trustee's claims seeking reimbursement for the costs spent investigating the Trustee's financial improprieties.
The court held that the parties' settlement agreement encompassed and thus barred the trustee's claims because the trustee released any claims arising from or in any way connected to the previous lawsuit, including statutory or contractual claims, injunctive relief, and attorney's fees. The court also considered that the trustee's claims arose from costs associated with auditing and investigating the financial improprieties and that the broad language of the release portion of the settlement agreement also encompassed the trustee's claims.