released wrongdoer

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It will often be the case that the released wrongdoer will have paid the beneficiary an amount in settlement in consideration for the release.
If this approach is not adopted, any amount paid by a wrongdoer to obtain a release should be taken as being paid to the plaintiff in satisfaction of the judgment and accessories should be allowed to obtain contribution from released parties, less any amount paid in settlement by the released wrongdoer.
151) In Victoria, this issue is less significant as wrongdoers may pursue other released wrongdoers for contribution under the Wrongs Act.