55. If a disagreement subsists 60 days after the appointment of the mediator-arbitrator, one party may request the mediator-arbitrator to rule on the subject of the disagreement. If the mediator-arbitrator is of the opinion that a settlement is not likely to be reached by the parties, the mediator-arbitrator shall rule on the question and inform the parties of the decision.
The decision of the mediator-arbitrator is deemed to be an agreement within the meaning of section 52.
2000, c. 56, Sch. I, s. 55.