United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER APPOINTING SPECIAL MASTER
L. ROBART United States District Judge
to Rule 53 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the
terms of this order, the court appoints Michelle Peterson to
serve as Special Master.
Appointment and Scope.
to Rule 53(a)(1)(C) and the parties' agreement, the court
appoints Michelle Peterson as Special Master to assist with
Plaintiffs' motion to compel (Dkt. ## 145 (sealed), 147
(redacted)) and other matters as the court may assign after
notice to the parties.
No Grounds for Disqualification.
to Rules 53(a)(2) and 53(b)(3), the court attaches to this
order the Special Master's declaration identifying any
relationship to the parties, counsel, action, or court that
would require disqualification of a judge under 28 U.S.C.
to Rule 53(a)(3), the court considered the fairness of
imposing the likely expenses on the parties and concludes
that appointing a Special Master will materially advance the
litigation in an efficient manner. The court will protect
against unreasonable expense and delay through communication
with the Special Master and the parties as appropriate.
to Rule 53(b)(1), the court provided notice to the parties of
its intent to appoint a Special Master and provided an
opportunity to be heard on the appointment. (See
Dkt. # 187.) The parties have agreed to have Michelle
Peterson serve as the Special Master. (Id.)
to Rule 53(b)(2), the court directs the Special Master to
proceed with all reasonable diligence.
Special Master's Duties and Scope of
to Rule 53(b)(2)(A), the Special Master shall assist with
certain matters, as the court may determine after notice to
the parties. The Special Master shall have the authority
provided in Rule 53(c), except that the Special Master may
recommend but not issue sanctions, cf. Fed. R. Civ.
P. 53(c)(2), and the Special Master may issue reports and
recommendations but not orders, cf ...