This issue includes a notice informing subscribers that Congress took no action on the package of amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which the Supreme Court transmitted on April 22, 1993 and that those amendments became effective on December 1, 1993. Readers might assume that the amendments which are reprinted in Volume 146 of Federal Rules Decisions now have nationwide applicability. This assumption is correct for most of the amendments, such as the significant revisions in Rule 4 governing service and in Rule 11 covering sanctions.
The assumption is not true, however, for some of the amendments, several of which relate to discovery. The most important of these amendments, prescribing mandatory prediscovery, or automatic, disclosure and imposing presumptive numerical limitations on interrogatories and depositions, expressly provide for all ninety-four federal districts to adopt local procedures that vary from the new Federal Rules amendments or to reject the new amendments.
Carl Tobias, Finding the New Federal Civil Procedures, 151 F.R.D. 177 (1993).