17/01/17 Joinder & Joinder Issue
The joining together of several lawsuits or several parties all in one lawsuit because the legal issues and the factual situation are the same for all plaintiffs and defendants, or because a party is necessary to the resolution of the case. Joinder may be mandatory if a person necessary to a fair result was not included in the original lawsuit, or it may be permissive if joining the cases together is only a matter of convenience or economy.
Joinder of Issue
The point in a lawsuit when the defendant has challenged some or all of the plaintiff’s allegations or when it is known which legal questions are in dispute–in other words, the “issue is joined.” Usually this point arrives when pretrial discovery is complete.