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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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.
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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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