26/12/16 Impleader and Interpleader

Impleader and Interpleader


A procedure in which one party brings a third party into a lawsuit. Usually a defendant initiates the proceeding to show that the third party is liable to the plaintiff.


A court case between two parties who both claim the right to money from a third party, when the third party agrees the money is owed but doesn’t know to whom. The debtor deposits the funds with the court (“interpleads”), asks the court to be dismissed from the lawsuit, and lets the court decide who gets the money.