Joint and Several Liability Minnesota Style

23 Pages Posted: 2 Mar 2010

Date Written: 1989


This article examines the rule of joint and several liability as it was adopted, modified, and applied in Minnesota circa 1989. The article first examines the judicial origins and applications of the rule in Minnesota. It then analyzes the impact of the comparative negligence and fault legislation on the rule of joint and several liability, including the limitations imposed on the rule in 1978, 1986, and 1988. Finally, it makes some suggestions for interpreting joint and several liability legislation that are consistent with the legislative history of the legislation as well as with Minnesota Supreme Court decisions concerning aggregation under the Comparative Fault Act.

Keywords: Torts, Minnesota law, joint liability, personal injury, contributory fault, comparative negligence, negligence, loss reallocation

Suggested Citation

Steenson, Michael K., Joint and Several Liability Minnesota Style (1989). William Mitchell Law Review, Vol. 15, 1989, Available at SSRN:

Michael K. Steenson (Contact Author)

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States
651-290-6366 (Phone)
651-290-6406 (Fax)

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