Chapter 5. Permissive Joinder - California Code of Civil Procedure Section 382

382.  If the consent of any one who should have been joined as
plaintiff cannot be obtained, he may be made a defendant, the reason
thereof being stated in the complaint; and when the question is one
of a common or general interest, of many persons, or when the parties
are numerous, and it is impracticable to bring them all before the
court, one or more may sue or defend for the benefit of all.

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