Judge weighs legal fees in $190 million settlement

AP News
Posted: Oct 02, 2014 7:30 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge is weighing what percentage of a $190 million settlement to earmark for lawyers representing more than 8,000 plaintiffs.

A judge heard arguments Thursday from attorneys representing thousands of former patients of Dr. Nikita Levy.

The gynecologist was fired from a Johns Hopkins-affiliated clinic after a colleague raised concerns that he was secretly recording women during exams with a spy camera. Levy committed suicide days after investigators raided his home and recovered hundreds of images and videos.

Hopkins agreed to pay the women $190 million in July. The settlement was finalized on Sept. 19.

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The plaintiffs' attorneys, from eight firms, are asking for 35 percent of the settlement, roughly $66.5 million. But an attorney filed an objection to the proposed fees, arguing the number is too high.