Joint and several

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(Law) a phrase signifying that the debt, credit, obligation, etc., to which it is applied is held in such a way that the parties in interest are engaged both together and individually thus a joint and several debt is one for which all the debtors may be sued together or either of them individually; used especially in the phrase joint and several liability.
- Journal H. of R., U. S.

See also: Joint

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Efforts already under way have resulted in a trend away from insurers facing joint and several liability and toward several liability, in which financial responsibility is apportioned according to the blame assigned to each party by judge or jury.
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Recently, the Tax Court ruled that a nonelecting spouse can intervene in support of the other spouse's claim for relief from joint and several liability.
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The doctrine of joint and several liability makes each defendant fully liable for all assessed damages in a case, regardless of the degree of fault.
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