“This class action involves sexual abuse and shocking and horrendous invasions of privacy, both in the context of a physician/patient relationship. Among his victims– we discovered– were children, 62 of whom are still minors. When breaches of trust like these occur, no amount of compensation can erase the memories or ease the grief of victims. But reaching a settlement at this stage allows the healing process to begin that much sooner. It will allow our clients the opportunity to maintain their anonymity, and preserve their privacy.” –Howard Janet, Vice Chair of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee
Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to pay $190 million in a proposed settlement over claims that gynecologist Dr. Nikita A. Levy surreptitiously recorded patients over the course of several years, the lead attorney in the class-action lawsuit announced.
Hopkins officials and Jonathan Schochor, the chairman of the plaintiffs’ committee, were expected to discuss the settlement at a news conference Monday afternoon.
The settlement may be the largest of its kind. A class-action suit involving a Delaware pediatrician convicted of recording assaults on hundreds of children led to a $120 million settlement in 2012. That same year, a Connecticut hospital settled for about $50 million with 150 victims of an endocrinologist who used a medical study as a pretense to take obscene photographs of children.
“When learning of Dr. Levy’s behavior, our clients were extremely distraught. They felt a great breach of faith and trust. They felt betrayed. Now, with this proposed settlement, we can begin the process of healing our community.” Schochor and Howard Janet, another attorney for the plaintiffs, said in a statement.
Levy, a doctor in the Johns Hopkins Community Medicine system since 1988, took his life in February 2013 amid an investigation which revealed he was using tiny cameras — concealed in pens and key fobs — to record patients.