joint tortfeasor

joint tortfeasor
joint tortfeasor n: any of two or more parties held jointly or severally liable for the same tort see also contribution; joint liability at liability 2b

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

joint tortfeasor
Two or more individuals with joint and several liability in a tort action for the same injury to the same person or property.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


joint tortfeasor
Two or more individuals with joint and several liability in a tort action for the same injury to the same person or property.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • joint tortfeasor — noun 1. : one of two or more persons acting in concert in the commission of a tort 2. a. : one of two or more persons who may be joined as defendants in the same single cause of action to recover damage for a tort b. : one of two or more persons… …   Useful english dictionary

  • joint — adj 1: common to two or more: as a: involving the combined activity or negligence of two or more a joint tort see also joint tortfeasor compare several b …   Law dictionary

  • joint tortfeasors — two or more persons responsible for a tort. Courts have power to allocate responsibility among the joint tortfeasors, but each is wholly and severally liable to the victim. Collins dictionary of law. W. J. Stewart. 2001. joint tortfeasors …   Law dictionary

  • joint tortfeasors — Two or more persons who unite in committing a tort, or whose acts concur in contributing to and producing a single indivisible injury upon a third person. 52 Am J1st Torts §§ 110 et seq. Two or more persons jointly or severally liable in tort for …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • tortfeasor — tort·fea·sor / tȯrt ˌfē zər/ n [Anglo French tortfesor wrongdoer, from tort wrong + fesor faisour doer, maker, from Old French, from fais , stem of faire to do, make, from Latin facere]: a person who commits a tort, delict, or quasi offense… …   Law dictionary

  • tortfeasor — One guilty of a tort. A person who commits a tort; a wrongdoer. See joint tortfeasors …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • contribution — con·tri·bu·tion n 1: payment of a share of an amount for which one is liable: as a: shared payment of a judgment by joint tortfeasors esp. according to proportional fault compare apportion a b: pro rata apportionment of loss among all the… …   Law dictionary

  • contribution — A gift made with others, as to the Cancer Fund; the money, property, skill, knowledge, or services, which a party to a joint enterprise puts into the venture. 30 Am J Rev ed Jnt Adv § 9. An aid in following an objective or reaching a result. As… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • covenant not to sue — A device most familiar in the law of torts, being used to prevent the release of a tortfeasor upon settling with his joint tortfeasor. 1 Am J2d Accord § 9. A covenant not to sue recognizes that the obligation or liability continues but the… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • share — n 1: a portion belonging to, due to, or due from an individual a joint tortfeasor is liable for her share of the damages; specif: the part allotted or belonging to one of a number owning together any property or interest the share of a joint… …   Law dictionary

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