BALTIMORE, Nov. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Sylvester Cox has cleared the way for settlement negotiations to begin between Johns Hopkins Hospital and victims of Johns Hopkins gynecologist Nikita Levy, M.D. who allegedly made photographs and videos of his patients during exams and other procedures and is also allegedly guilty of sexual boundary violations during treatment of his patients, announced Howard Janet, of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, and Jonathan Schochor, of Schochor Federico and Staton. Dr. Levy died in February 2013 from an apparent suicide, shortly after allegations against him became public.
Judge Cox on Oct. 30, certified a Mandatory Conditional Settlement Class including all of Dr. Levy's patients. Schochor, Chairman of the Class Action Steering Committee and Janet, Vice-Chair, are spearheading the Class Action lawsuit on behalf of the Plaintiffs. At this time, Mr. Schochor represents 1,700 clients and Mr. Janet represents 850 victims. The Steering Committee, which represents all Class members, is comprised of eight law firms.
There are a total of 3,800 known victims of Dr. Levy to date.
"We believe that Johns Hopkins has signaled its desire to enter into good faith negotiations by joining Plaintiffs' counsel in requesting certification of the Class," said Mr. Schochor. "We hope to work diligently on behalf of our clients and with Hopkins to achieve a global resolution of these cases that properly compensates the victims involved and ends this tragic nightmare for all involved."
"These women feel betrayed, violated, and humiliated. Their stories echo those of victims of sexual abuse, who experience anxiety, distrust and problems in intimate relationships, I expect negotiations geared toward arriving at a fair and reasonable settlement will get underway before the year's end," said Mr. Janet. "At this time, former Levy patients are not required to take any action in order to be included in the pending class action."
The attorneys reiterated that plaintiffs need to be fully compensated for what occurred. They also need to re-engage in the medical system and to obtain proper health care for themselves and their children, the attorneys said.
Notice of the Class Action will go out to known patients of Dr. Levy through correspondence. Notice will also be provided through the media in the coming weeks.
SOURCE Janet, Jenner & Suggs; Schochor Federico and Staton Law Firm