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WBALTV WASHINGTON —Thousands of women who visited a Baltimore gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped patients will be allowed to join together for settlement talks in a class-action lawsuit against Johns Hopkins Hospital, which employed the gynecologist. Lawyers for both the patients who filed the class-action lawsuit against Johns Hopkins and the hospital itself asked […]

Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Sylvester Cox today cleared the way for settlement negotiations to begin between Johns Hopkins Hospital and victims of Johns Hopkins gynecologist Nikita Levy, M.D. who allegedly made photographs and videos of his patients during exams and other procedures and is also allegedly guilty of sexual boundary violations during treatment of his patients. Dr. Levy died in February 2013 from an apparent suicide, shortly after allegations against him became public.

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Last year’s fungal meningitis outbreak from contaminated steroids was the largest outbreak of healthcare-associated infections ever reported in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has announced. In an update on its website, the CDC said there have been a total of 751 cases; of those, 64 people have died. The latest case was diagnosed since July of this year, the agency said.

Graphic photos of female genitalia found on the cellphone of a Towson gynecologist were taken with patients’ consent for medical and educational purposes, the doctor’s lawyers said Monday. The Maryland Board of Physicians suspended Dr. John Yacoub’s medical license Oct. 8 after a state and federal investigation revealed the photos, as well as allegations that he used and distributed illicit drugs, including to a patient with whom he had a sexual relationship.

Five companies being sued in the outbreak of fungal meningitis last fall that killed 62 and injured about 700 others have agreed to enter mediation, according to Kimberly Dougherty, who heads the Boston office of Janet, Jenner & Suggs.

A federal judge has concluded that a sex-assignment surgery on a child too young to consent could be a violation of his Constitutional rights.

A Memphis jury has found that delays in performing an urgently needed cesarean section resulted in a baby developing severe brain damage and cerebral palsy and awarded him $33.5 million to cover the cost of future health care needs and other damages.

“M.C.”–as the child is called for privacy reasons–was born at Greenville Memorial Hospital in 2004 as an intersex child, a condition formerly known as hermaphroditism. The child was born with both male and female genitalia, but at 16-months-old while still an orphan, the Crawfords’ lawsuits allege the state performed gender-selective surgery on M.C., effectively turning the child into a female by removing his male reproductive organs.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), Advocates for Informed Choice (AIC) and pro bono counsel for the private law firms of Janet, Jenner & Suggs and Steptoe & Johnson LLP filed a lawsuit today against the South Carolina Department of Social Services, Greenville Hospital System, Medical University of South Carolina and individual employees for performing an irreversible and medically unnecessary surgery on an infant in the state’s care.