The Role of The Special Master in A Class Action

In the case of a class action where liability is established by a court and the damages need to be calculated person by person, a Special Master would be appointed to figure out the individual damages for every person. But, there are different types of Special Masters. Sometimes there are Special Masters in State court where they conduct and decide discovery issues and help settle matters amongst the litigators so that you don’t burden the court with those type of matters.

The Special Master can come before or after the settlement amount is determined. For example, say the parties are trying to establish liability and the case had not been settled. The court may decide to appoint a Special Master to decide specific issues.

The court can also appoint a Special Master to assign damages before there is a settlement. Similarly, you could have a settlement between the Plaintiff Class and the Defendant for a certain sum, and then a Special Master could be appointed to determine the amount of individual damages suffered by the members of the class.

Attorney Patrick Leverty

Attorney Patrick LevertyWith his master’s in insurance law, Patrick routinely helps individuals and businesses who are having issues with their insurance company. He also has extensive experience with personal injury actions, complex tort actions, product liability matters, and class actions. Patrick Leverty is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell (the highest rating) and has been granted membership in the Million Dollar Advocate Forum, and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum. Patrick Leverty has been certified as a Personal Injury Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada. [ Attorney Bio ]