A referee assigned to evaluate allegations of discovery failures by Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in New York’s multidefendant opioid trial on Friday recommended that Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Jerry Garguilo award costs, including attorney fees, to the plaintiffs for their motions and consider awarding monetary sanctions against the firm.

Garguilo appointed former state appellate judge Joseph Maltese to make his report after the New York Attorney General’s Office, a plaintiff in the suit alongside Nassau and Suffolk counties, called for Garguilo to hold Arnold & Porter in civil contempt and enter a default judgment against its client, Endo Pharmaceuticals.