The number of women involved in the class action lawsuit against Baltimore gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy has soared from 9,000 to 12,000. Howard Janet, of Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC law firm, is serving as vice-chair of the steering committee overseeing negotiations with Johns Hopkins Hospital, which employed Dr. Levy.
Dr. Levy, who is deceased, is accused in a class action lawsuit of secretly videotaping or photographing, or subjecting patients to boundary violations or other inappropriate behavior during examinations. According to victim interviews conducted by Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC, these violations included inappropriate language and touching. Also, Dr. Levy did not have another physician or nurse in the room during pelvic examinations, which is a violation of standard medical practice.
As a lead attorney, Mr. Janet has been quoted extensively in the media and on television about the case.
On Oct. 30, 2013, Baltimore City Circuit Court approved the class action against Johns Hopkins Hospital, which employed Dr. Levy. Women who were patients of Dr. Levy between April 26, 1988 and February 8, 2013 are automatically included in the class action.
Court approval of the class action was conditional, however, on whether Johns Hopkins Hospital and attorneys on the plaintiffs’ steering committee can reach agreement on compensation to victims. If they cannot reach agreement, victims may pursue individual lawsuits.
The court approved a plan of negotiations from all the parties on Nov. 25, 2013. Former patients will be notified by mail, or via the media and newspaper, radio and television ads, about registering and participating in the class action.