Thanks. I know the sentence isn't worded very well, but I am trying to find out the general rule for where apostrophes go in sentences where you enumerate the subjects between two commas. Yes, John, Mike, and James are the defendants.
Let's say there are 3 defendants in the case - John, John's Company A, John's company B - and I had to word the sentence the following way. Where do the apostrophes go?:
"This case revolves around the defendants', John and his two companies', failure to adhere to a contract."
The sentence is basically saying "This case revolves around the defendants' failure to adhere to a contract," but the defendants are listed between the commas.