(a)  Two or more persons may join in one action under this division as plaintiffs if their respective actions have at least one market for illegal controlled substances in common and if any portion of the period of use of an illegal controlled substance overlaps with the period of use of an illegal controlled substance for every other plaintiff.

(b)  Two or more persons may be joined in one action under this division as defendants if those persons are liable to at least one plaintiff.

Terms Used In California Health and Safety Code 11709

  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.

(c)  A plaintiff need not participate in obtaining and a defendant need not participate in defending against all the relief demanded. Judgment may be given for one or more plaintiffs according to their respective rights to relief and against one or more defendants according to their respective liabilities.

(Added by Stats. 1996, Ch. 867, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1997.)