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    Multiple defendants - one didn't answer

    What is the name of your state? Washington

    In a multiple defendant civil lawsuit, if one of the defendants does not answer the complaint can the plaintiff seek a default judgement against that defendant and continue to trial against the other?
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    I AM ALWAYS LIABLE is offline Senior Member
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    Re: Multiple defendants - one didn't answer

    Originally posted by mizlyn
    What is the name of your state? Washington

    In a multiple defendant civil lawsuit, if one of the defendants does not answer the complaint can the plaintiff seek a default judgement against that defendant and continue to trial against the other?

    My response:

    Yes.

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    IAAL...

    Can you be a little more specific?
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    "Can you be a little more specific?"
    *** Really pretty simple....
    If a plaintiff names multiple defendants and one (or more) of those defendants do not respond to the lawsuit, the plaintiff can request a default judgment be rendered against the non-answering defendant(s). The plaintiff(s) can then proceed with their claims against the remaining (answering) defendants.
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    JETX,

    I apologize. I was just joking with IAAL due to his VERY specific, and proper answer of "Yes". Sorry about that! It was my moronic attempt at a little humor.
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    I do have to admit, I was beginning to wonder about why you asked what appeared to be an obvious question.


    But, heck, we are here to serve the multitude of 'wondering' folks out there!!
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    It loses some of his value as humor with me asking it, because I am guilty of really asking some very stupid questions! Especially when it wasn't that funny, anyway!

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