Do all defendants in a law suit have to file their responses separately with the courts?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Berkeley, CA

Someone is attempting to sue myself and my family in civil court. Do we all have to file our responses separately or can we file one response together?

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  1. Neil Pedersen

    Contributor Level 20

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    Answered . Each of you has to respond, but if the responses are identical, you can respond in one pleading that clearly indicates that it is the response of each of you.

    Good luck to you.

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  2. Michael Charles Doland

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    Answered . It is not uncommon for multiple defendants represented by one attorney to only file one pleading/answer on behalf of all defendants, assuming they all have the identical defenses. If there is any divergence, separate answers is more prudent. The answer fee is based on the number of defendants answering not the number of pleadings.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more
  3. John Noah Kitta

    Contributor Level 19

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    Answered . Each defendant does not have to fill separately. Although, fir each defendant you will have to file a separate distinct filing fee with the court unless you are very limited with no means and then you can request a waiver of the filing fee.

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