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Donald L. DeVries Jr., representing Johns Hopkins Hospital, takes the lectern at a July news conference announcing a $190 million settlement with patients of former doctor Nikita Levy. DeVries is flanked by, from left, plaintiffs’ attorneys Jonathan Schochor, Howard Janet and A. Dwight Pettit. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)
Donald L. DeVries Jr., representing Johns Hopkins Hospital, takes the lectern at a July news conference announcing a $190 million settlement with patients of former doctor Nikita Levy. DeVries is flanked by, from left, plaintiffs’ attorneys Jonathan Schochor, Howard Janet and A. Dwight Pettit. (The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz)

Lawyer: Pelvic exam pics cost Hopkins $190 million

Form of Hopkins’ insurance policies turns out to be a major factor

The $190 million settlement between the Johns Hopkins Hospital and thousands of patients of a former gynecologist accused of secretly recording them was built on a simple truth: The longer the litigation continued, the less money the plaintiffs would receive from the hospital’s insurance policies.

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