Spying Ob-Gyn Will Cost Johns Hopkins $190M
(CN) - Women whose Johns Hopkins Hospital gynecologist secretly filmed their pelvic exams have persuaded a Baltimore judge to approve a $190 million settlement, their lawyers said.
Baltimore County Police found Nikita Levy, 54, dead in his home on Feb. 18, 2013, after losing his job at Johns Hopkins following reports that he used a pen camera and other devices to record his patients.
Three anonymous women filed suit the next month, alleging that the 25-year ob-gyn was also "guilty of boundary violations," and stating that the hospital reported the doctor's conduct to the Baltimore City Police.
"It is alleged that a subsequent investigation by the Baltimore City Police Department and a search of Dr. Levy's home in Towson, Maryland, revealed an 'extraordinary amount' of evidence, including, but not limited to, multiple servers for storage of electronic and digital data," the lawsuit said.
The Baltimore City Circuit Court certified the case as a class action in October, and the lawyers for the women announced a settlement on Monday.
Attorneys Jonathan Schochor and Howard Janet said that their clients were "extremely distraught" to learn of Levy's actions.
"They felt a great breach of faith and trust," the attorneys said in a statement. "They felt betrayed. Now, with this proposed settlement, we can begin the process of healing our community."
Schochor is the managing partner at Schochor, Federico and Staton.
Janet is a partner at Janet, Jenner & Suggs.
Two more of Levy's alleged victims filed separate suits against Johns Hopkins in December, represented by Ryan Burke.