Begin learning about the concept of joinder, or the joining of multiple claims or parties together in a single lawsuit, with a discussion of permissive joinder under Rule 20.
Now, let’s talk about how we join claims and parties together under one lawsuit—the concept of “joinder.”
We’ll first discuss Rule 20, which covers “permissive joinder of parties.” We’ll then talk briefly about Rule 18, which permits a party to assert basically all of its claims against another party. Next, we’ll discuss the special rules governing counterclaims and cross-claims under Rule 13.
One important point is worth noting before we begin: Do not confuse joinder with jurisdiction. The...