Florida statutes regarding consolidating similar cases
The third party may become a co-plaintiff, co-defendant, or take an independent position in the lawsuit.There are two types of intervention: This subchapter focuses on the different procedures for adding parties and claims to a lawsuit.
Rule 18 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure permits the joinder of any claims a party may have against another party, even if they arise out of a different transaction or series of events. For example: Regarding both joinder of parties and claims, the other rules contained in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply, such as the rules regarding service of process, jurisdiction, motion practice, and pleading rules. Therefore, John asserts that Susan should be held liable for some or all of the damages imposed by Craig’s lawsuit against John.
As discussed in the previous subchapter on discovery, both parties gather facts and information prior to trial during the discovery process.
During this time, new information may shed light on parties and claims that should be added to the ongoing lawsuit in an effort to fully settle the rights concerning property or an incident.
However, sometimes another party has a role in the lawsuit, or there may be additional legal claims which arose out of the same controversy.
In these situations, joinder may be invoked to combine these parties and claims.