U.S. Supreme Court Williams v. Bank of the United States, 24 U.S. 11 Wheat. 414 414 (1826)
Williams v. Bank of the United States
24 U.S. (11 Wheat.) 414
Where there is a joint judgment against several defendants, and one only sues out the writ of error without joining the others, it is regular, but if the others refuse to join in it, quaere whether the plaintiff may not have summons and severance?
MR. CHIEF JUSTICE MARSHALL stated, that the writ of error must be dismissed, it having issued irregularly.
The judgment in the Circuit Court of Ohio was a joint judgment upon a joint action for money lent against three defendants, and the writ of error was sued out by one of the defendants, in his own name only, without joining the others. The Court was of opinion that the writ of error ought to have been in the name of the three, and if the others should refuse to join in it, that it would deserve consideration whether the present plaintiff might not have summons and severance.
Writ of error dismissed.