A few days ago I posted to this group a message about the proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. I specifically cited a proposed change to Rule 4 that would reduce the number of days to effect service from 120 to 60 days. This change probably does not have an adverse impact upon the process serving industry.
The published proposals also include changes to the Federal discovery rules, that if passed could have a tremendous impact on the timing of civil discovery and could severely limit the amount of discovery that will allowed in a Federal case. Proposed amendments to Rules 30 and 31 reduce the number of depositions from 10 to 5 and the time limit for each deposition from seven hours to six hours. Rule 33 would be revised to lower the number of interrogatories from 25 to 15. Parties would still be able to seek leave of court to exceed these limits.
by Jeff Karotkin