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Title XXXV CIVIL PROCEDURE AND LIMITATIONS

Chapter 507

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  507.230.  Who made defendants in suit against city. — 1.  Whenever a city of over one hundred and fifty thousand inhabitants shall be sued in any court in this state and the cause of action on account of which said city is sued shall arise from the wrongful or unauthorized acts or carelessness and negligence of any person or corporation subject to service in this state, and such wrongful or unauthorized acts or carelessness and negligence shall also make such person or corporation liable to an action by the plaintiff on the same account as such city is sued for, such city may, within fifteen days after the first day of the next term of court after the service of the writ of summons, file a motion, in writing, in said case, notifying the plaintiff therein to make such person or corporation a party defendant in said suit in accordance with the facts constituting the liability of such person or corporation, which facts said city shall set forth in said notice, and shall verify the same by affidavit.

  2.  The plaintiff in said suit shall then proceed to join such person or corporation as a party defendant in said suit, in accordance with the facts set forth in said notice, and such suit shall not be prosecuted against said city until such person or corporation is made a codefendant with such city; provided, however, that in case the facts set forth in said notice do not make such person or corporation named therein liable to an action on the same account as such city is sued for in such case, said plaintiff may file a motion to strike out said notice, and if said motion shall be sustained by the court, then the plaintiff in such case may proceed against defendant city alone, as if said notice had not been filed; and provided further, that if the plaintiff shall make such person or corporation as may be named in said notice a party defendant in said suit and shall have caused summons to be issued for such person or corporation, and such person or corporation cannot be served with process by the officer to whom such writ is directed, then the plaintiff in such case may proceed against the city alone.

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(RSMo 1939 § 7687)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 7539; 1919 § 8949; 1909 § 9801


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