In Glover v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, No. 14-4829 (3d Cir. Oct. 14, 2015), the Third Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to appoint a special master to handle all discovery disputes due to the parties’ “outrageous motions practice.”  In less than a month before the appointment of the special master, the parties filed 16 discovery-related motions.  The Third Circuit also affirmed the district court’s order directing the parties to split the costs of the special master.  The Third Circuit explained that Fed. R. Civ. P. 53(a) grants district courts discretion to appoint special masters to address pretrial matters “that cannot be effectively and timely addressed by an available district judge or magistrate judge.”  The court further noted that the advisory committee notes to the 2003 version of Rule 53 recognize that the appointment of special masters has developed to help courts manage complex litigation.  The court held that a special master was particularly appropriate given that even the plaintiff, who challenged the appointment, conceded that discovery had become a “quagmire.”