Johns Hopkins agrees to $190m class action settlement

According to the Associated Press, Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to pay $190 million to a class of more than 8,000 women and girls who were secretly video recorded or photographed by a Hopkins' gynecologist.  Articles are here, here and here.

The gynecologist, Dr. Nikita Levy, used a pen-like recording device around his neck to secretly record the victims over more than 15 years.  The hospital fired him in 2013 after a co-worker saw him using the pen-like device and reported his or her suspicions.

The settlement funds, paid by an insurer, will be placed in an interest-bearing account.  Funds will then be distributed to victims based on their level of trauma from the incidents.  Lawyers for the plaintiffs will petition for a 35% recovery.