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What are Joint Tortfeasors?

Joint Tortfeasors

Joint tortfeasors are two or more people who negligently act as a group to cause damages to another person. Joint tortfeasors are generally all responsible for the damages, meaning all individuals involved in the action are equally responsible to paying for the damages regardless if someone had more involvement than another individual. The joint tortfeasors will be held collectively responsible for their actions.

Depending on the crime of the joint tortfeasor will determine the final outcome or punishment. Common examples of joint tortfeasors include: robbery, gang rape, conspiracy, fraud, kidnapping, and assault. Often the crimes that are committed are Federal crimes in which case the individuals will be tried in a Federal court.

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