(Baltimore, MD – July 21, 2014) – Howard Janet, managing partner of Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, and vice chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, said today a $190 million settlement agreement between Johns Hopkins and thousands of patients of Dr. Nikita Levy “cannot erase the memories or ease the grief of victims” but will allow the “healing process to begin that much sooner.”
The settlement agreement was given preliminary approval today by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Sylvester Cox, and then announced publicly at a news conference. The agreement potentially affects up to 12,500 former patients of Dr. Levy, who is accused of secretly videotaping and photographing patients during exams and engaging in boundary violations between physicians and patients.
Judge Cox has to give his final approval before the agreement can go into effect. Janet, a key negotiator on behalf of the victims, said a hearing on final approval is expected to take place in September.
“If the judge gives final approval to the agreement, we will begin the process of determining compensation for each victim,” he said.
Among Levy’s patients, Janet noted, were dozens of children.
“The nature of Levy’s conduct was so reprehensible, he took his own life rather than face up to it,” Janet said.
Dr. Levy died in February 2013 from an apparent suicide, shortly after allegations against him became public.
Other key points of the settlement agreement include:
- Women must be registered members of the settlement by Nov. 14, 2014, to receive compensation. Those who already have registered do not have to do so again. Questions about registration can be directed to www.DrLevyClassAction.com.
- A court-appointed claims adjudicator will determine which claims are valid and the degree of harm that occurred, which will determine compensation.
- The compensation is coming entirely from the hospital’s insurers, since charitable institutions are protected from civil liability exceeding the limits of their insurance coverage under Maryland law.