(a) 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 a request for admission on any other party. A defendant in an adversary proceeding is required to serve answers or objections to requests for admissions no sooner than forty-five (45) days after service of the summons and complaint.

(b) Requests for admission may be served under Fed. R. Civ. P. 36 without leave of court unless a party in an adversary proceeding seeks to request admission before the parties confer in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f).