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Legal Principles: 1. Joint Tort-feasters Means Joint Wrongdoers. People Can Be Joint Tortfeasors in Case of Common Action in Fact Or in Law. 2. Joint Tort-feasters Are Jointly and Severally Liable. - Legal Reasoning


Given below is a statement of legal principle followed by a factual situation. Apply the principle to the facts given below and select the most appropriate answer.

Legal Principles:

1. Joint tort-feasters means joint wrongdoers. People can be joint tortfeasors in case of common action in fact or in law.

2. Joint tort-feasters are jointly and severally liable.

Factual situation: Two dogs belonging to two different owners acting in concert attacked a flock of sheep and injured several sheep. In an action for damages brought against the owners of the dogs. If one of them puts a defene claiming that he was liable for one half only of the damage, then which one of the following statements is legally sustainable in the above case? DECISION:


  • Neither of the owners is liable for damages done by his dog

  • Each owner was responsible for one half of the damage

  • The owners themselves are not joint tort-feasers

  • None of the above

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Each owner was responsible for one half of the damage

Concept: Law of Torts (Entrance Exams)
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