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English definition of “joint and several liability”

joint and several liability

noun [U]    
LAW a situation where each of the people or organizations in a group is responsible , as a group and separately , for paying a debt , paying for damage that has been caused , etc.: The judge applied the rule of joint and several liability , and ordered the car manufacturer to pay 100 % of the damages , as the driver could not pay his 90% share . → Compare joint liability
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