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The Court does not routinely refer all civil diversity cases to mediation/case evaluation pursuant to E.D. Mich. LR 16.3. However, in appropriate cases, the Court will refer cases to mediation if the parties stipulate to be bound by the sanctions provided in the state rule regarding mediation/case evaluation. Generally, the Court requires that a stipulation to submit a case to mediation be filed on or before the discovery cut-off date. The Court does not use other types of alternative dispute resolution, unless proposed by the parties.

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