joint and several liability
- The responsibility shared by multiple parties involved in a lawsuit where any individual party can be held accountable for the entire amount of the judgment
- Under joint and several liability, the plaintiff was able to pursue repayment of the total damages from any of the defendants.
- Despite not being the primary offender, the defendant was still liable for the full extent of the damages due to the joint and several liability rule.
- Joint and several liability can add an extra layer of complexity to litigation, as the responsibility for damages is shared but can also be wholly assigned to any of the parties involved.