BALTIMORE - The East Baltimore campus where Gynecologist Dr. Nikita Levy used to see patients is still busy. Families, including women and children, still get treatment at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Johns Hopkins calls levy a "rogue" doctor who secretly recorded his patients -- thousands of them, over 25 years of practice before he committed suicide .
"I think this is an historic case of enormous proportions, and I think it warranted the result," Jonathan Schochor, lead counsel for the victims, said.
Johns Hopkins will have to pay a $190 million settlement as a result. Schochor said about 8,000 former patients have registered in the class action lawsuit.
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"Many have said they are going to use it to try and better the quality of their life, get the counseling they need and try to get some closure here and try and move ahead so the quality of their future life is better than it has been," said Schochor.
A team of professionals, including forensic psychiatrists, will place victims into one of four categories after a judge makes a final ruling on the settlement.
"They will evaluate each and every plaintiff in the case, and there are those who are severely injured and suffered severe injury and disability. And there are those on the other side of the gamut suffered very mild or no injuries," said Schochor.
The team of eight law firms will also submit how much they believe they should be paid from the $190 million.
When asked if he will consider the victims while coming up with a legal amount for a judge to approve, Schochor said “of course. I've done that my whole life.
"We consider everything. And as I've said, the bottom line is after all the considerations, the judge makes the final decision, not us," he continued.
A letter is going out to Levy's former patients to explain the preliminary settlement. There is still an opportunity for victims to register.
A court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 19, and then thousands of women and children will be placed in one of four categories and given a tax-free amount.
A spokesman for Johns Hopkins insists they had no clue that Levy was recording patients or that he was going against procedures to have a chaperone in the room.