Et al. is a Latin abbreviation for "and other persons". It is used when referring to a number of people, i.e., John Smith, et al. It is typically used in the caption of court documents following the first named party, to signify that more than one individual is or may be involved on one side of the case, i.e., ABC Mortgage Company vs John Smith et al.
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et al is Latin for the term "and others". It is commonly used in publications to indicate that there are more people other than the people listed who are Plaintiffs (or Defendants as the case may be) in the lawsuit. They probably do this to save on publication fees.
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