Joint and Several

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Meaning of Joint And Several

A liability is said to be joint and several when two or more persons bind themselves liable for the same debt, each being liable for the whole debt. A creditor must sue them all together if it is a join debt, for a release of one joint debtor from the debt may operate to release all the others. See Chicago and A.R. Co. v Wagner, 239 U.S. 452, 36 S.Ct. 135, 60 L.Ed. 379. A creditor may, however, release one the joint debtors, without releasing the others, if when granting the release he expressly reserves his rights against the others, in which case the release is merely equivalent to a covenant not to sue one of the parties and does not discharge the others.

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Joint and several in Law Enforcement

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