What Is Contribution?
Posted Mar 3, 2020
By Washington State Business and Real Estate Law Lawyer Andrew M. McKenzie
When you hear the word “contribution,” you probably think about someone helping others monetarily to accomplish some shared goal. In the context of litigation, contribution refers to the right of co-defendants to force each other to share in paying damages owed or paid to a plaintiff.
In the simplest example, plaintiff (“A”) is harmed by the negligence of defendant (“B”), and liability rests solely with B. But in the real world, the actions of multiple defendants combine to create one “indivisible claim” of the plaintiff. If A was severely injured in a car crash because, as...Read More