Joint and several liability is where more than one defendant is liable for a plaintiff’s injury, but each defendant is liable to compensate the plaintiff, up to the full amount of his damages.  For example, if defendants A and B cause plaintiff $1000 in damages, and A & B are jointly and severally liable, plaintiff can choose to recover the entire $1000 from just defendant A… he could also recover $999 from defendant A and just $1 from defendant B… or $500 from each…etc.

Synonyms:
joint and several, joint and several liability
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