Joint Tortfeasors

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Meaning of Joint Tortfeasors

The primary meaning of the term is two or more persons who commit or contribute to the commission of a tort. Not necessary that they should have acted jointly or in concert for persons guilty of separate acts of negligence which jointly and concurrently cooperate in causing an injury are joint tortfeasors. See Reeves v McHan, 50 S.E.2d 787, 78 Ga.App. 150. However, in modern times, the phrase joint tortfeasors has been reserved for those who have acted in concert and persons whose independent acts of negligence have concurred to produce the proximate cause of injury to a person are called concurrent tortfeasors. See Litis v Pierce county , 488 P.2d 785, 5 Wash. App. 531. Apart from the law of negligence, the phrase denotes those who have acted inten tionally or in concert to injure a third party . The phrase has also been used to denote tortfeasors whose acts, although independent of each other , unite in causing a single injury. See Bowen v Iowa Nat. Mut. Ins. Co., 155 S.E.2d 238, 270 N.C. 486. Joint tortfeasors are jointly and severally liable to the injured party . The injured person may sue those who cooperated in the commission of the tort together or he may sue them individually. He may recover against less than all if he sues them jointiy and may have a judgment for unequal sums against all who were joined in the suit. See Bigelow v Old Dominion Copper mining and Smelting Co., 225 U.S. Ill, 32 S.Ct. 641, 56 L.Ed. 1009. Each of the joint tortfeasors is liable to the plaintiff for the whole amount of the judgment, unless the judgment itself apportions and specifies the amounts payable by each such joint tortfeasor . See Washington Gaslight Co. v Lansden, 172 U.S. 534, 19 S.Ct. 296, 43 L.Ed. 543. Also see joint and several .

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Joint tortfeasors in Law Enforcement

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