Dr. Nikita Levy is the former gynecologist at Johns Hopkins, who was accused of secretly filming and photographing females during pelvic exams. Settlement checks will be mailed out to over 8,000 of Levy’s former patients by June 2.
Retired Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Irma S. Raker served as the claims adjudicator in the case. She said Baltimore Circuit Judge Sylvester B. Cox approved the final allocation plan and the settlement checks would vary from $1,876.77 to $27,934.93.
“The goal is to get the award into the hands of the claimants as soon as reasonably possible and legally possible,” Raker said.
Dr. Levy was employed at a Johns Hopkins clinic in East Baltimore for over two decades. After several allegations were made against Levy, police initiated an investigation, which uncovered an estimated 1,300 images that were secretly compiled by the Levy. Raker kills himself amidst the sexual abuse allegations.
The final distribution amounts have been branded the largest settlement involving sexual abuse by a single perpetration in the United States.
A settlement was reached between Johns Hopkins and Levy’s former patients in 2014. The $190 million settlement was only the beginning.
“It was a painstaking, lengthy process,” said attorney Jonathan Schochor, the chairman of the steering committee for the class-action case.
To assess the extent of damage the victims suffered, they had to undergo an extensive interview and were eventually placed into four different categories, which ranged from no perceptible injury to “severe” injury.
Raker said a total of 4,738 women in the “moderate” category would receive nearly $21,500 each.
Since some of the funds had to be set aside for appeals, the settlement amounts were expected to be lower than the final settle. The women involved in the class action received letters in December with preliminary allocations, which ranged from $1,750 to $26,048.
After an appeals process was over, the remaining money was split equally among all the women.
Levy’s images did not reveal any of the women, but everyone he treated was eligible to file a claim in the class-action case. Initially, over 15,200 claims were filed, but over a third were duplicates and another 1,000 were ruled out as patients of Levy.
Several women complained about the amount of money that would go to the attorneys and the length of the claims process. The attorneys initially sought nearly $64 million in fees, but in 2015, Cox awarded them a total of $32 million.