(a) Number of interrogatories permitted; commencement of discovery by interrogatories.

(1) Unless the court orders otherwise or it is stipulated by the parties to an action exempted by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(1)(B) or by order obtained under LR 7026(b)(1), after commencement of the action, any party may serve on any other party not more than twenty-five (25) interrogatories, including all discrete subparts. A defendant in an adversary proceeding is required to serve answers or objections to interrogatories no sooner than forty-five (45) days after service of the summons and complaint.

(2) Interrogatories may be served under Fed. R. Civ. P. 33 without leave of court unless the party in an adversary proceeding seeks to serve interrogatories before the parties confer in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f).