Can two parties who were wronged by the same person, on separate occasions, sue them in small claims together?

Asked over 1 year ago - Anaheim, CA

An ex slashed a boyfriend's tires, though they couldn't prove it. Months later, that same person lights my car on fire, and my friend - after realizing who it was - remembers they also made a threat to slash someones tires, though they initially brushed it off as "just talk." When they contacted the person and asked if their boyfriend's tires were ever slashed around the time the threat was made, they confirmed that they were, and that they had suspected the ex though they couldn't prove it.

Though they're two different incidents, since it involves the same person, could we file a case together or would it be better if one party just serves as witnesses in the other's trial?

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  1. Michael Charles Doland

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    Answered . Not "better" but required to have two different lawsuits.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more
  2. Adrienne Patricia Allen

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    Answered . You each should file your own case and act as each other's witness. Good luck.

    I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. The above answer is for general... more
  3. Alan James Brinkmeier

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    Answered . better if one party just serves as witnesses in the other's trial

  4. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Two cases.

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  5. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.

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    Answered . I agree with my colleagues-two cases.

    The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of... more

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