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USC Gynecologist Sexual Abuse Class Action

At least 6 women have filed lawsuits against USC alleging they were sexually abused under the pretext of medical care by Dr. George Tyndall, the university’s campus gynecologist. The suits also claim that USC failed to address complaints from clinic staff about Tyndall’s behavior.

The wave of litigation could prove extremely costly to USC, as scores of former patients have recently come forward accusing Tyndall of abuse during his nearly 30-year stint at the university, and claimed that USC failed to take action despite knowledge of the doctor’s behavior.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one believe you have been subjected to sexual assault, abuse, or harassment by Dr. George Tyndall or any other USC employee, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Update: Tyndall’s Victim Recounts Abuse, Shuns Proposed Settlement

June 18, 2019 – Brennan Heil, one of the nearly 500 women accusing Dr. George Tyndall of sexual abuse, was referred to the gynecologist after she was raped on New Year’s Eve of her freshman year at USC. It was Heil’s first gynecological exam, and she was unsure what to expect. She claims Tyndall made crude comments, touched her inappropriately, molested her, and made her yell in pain. Tyndall’s behavior was “so inappropriate and abhorrent that the nurse-chaperone announced that she felt uncomfortable and left the room,” leaving Heil half naked and alone on the exam table.

After the incident, Heil says she felt isolated and scared much of the time, unable to control her emotions, which sometimes manifested in the form of panic attacks, something she had never experienced before. It was a problem she had to solve on her own, so she masked her pain in productivity, excelling in several subjects at USC and then studying abroad in London.

Heil says it hurts to know that USC continues to avoid responsibility for the abuse she and hundreds of other women endured. “Tyndall took advantage of his circumstances, which USC tolerated and effectively sanctioned by its inaction,” she said.

“My experience at USC with Tyndall has changed the course of my life in unexpected ways,” Heil said. “It enabled me to seek proper health care and reorient my life’s work toward a career in political communications. I hope to make a difference, through legislation, for all women, victims and survivors.”

What’s the problem?

May 23, 2018 – Among the recent accusations made against Tyndall:

  • One woman claims that Tyndall forced his entire ungloved hand into her vagina during an appointment in 2003, while making “vulgar” remarks about her genitalia;
  • Another woman claims he groped her breasts during a 2008 visit, and that he falsely told her she “likely had AIDS;”
  • A third woman accused Tyndall of grazing his ungloved fingers over her naked body, and of inappropriately leering at her during what was supposed to be a “skin exam.”

Tyndall has not responded publicly to the latest allegations. In previous interviews with the Los Angeles Times, he defended his medical exams as “thorough” and “appropriate,” adding that frank and honest dialogue about sex lives was part of his interaction with patients.

“I never had any sexual urges” toward patients, Tyndall said in the interview.

Tyndall served as USC’s campus gynecologist until June 2016, when a supervising nurse became frustrated by clinic administrators for not taking her complaints seriously and reported him to the campus rape crisis center. He was placed on paid leave for nearly a year, and banned from the clinic pending an investigation. Tyndall has still not been charged with any crimes.

USC Gynecologist Lawsuit Granted Initial Approval

June 14, 2019 – A Los Angeles judge has given preliminary approval to a $215 million settlement of a federal lawsuit against USC stemming from sexual abuse allegations pending against former staff gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, according to KCRA 3. The settlement would create a fund to pay $2,500 to $250,000 to women who say Dr. George Tyndall abused them between 1988 and 2016. It also would mandate reforms, including appointment of a women’s health advocate to handle misconduct complaints.

30 New Lawsuits Filed Against Tyndall

January 21, 2019 – Dr. George Tyndall has been named as a defendant in 30 new lawsuits, according to Patch. Including the most recent cases, Tyndall has been slammed with more than 200 sexual abuse suits, a tsunami of litigation mostly filed by former patients at USC who claim they were violated during medical exams at the campus health center.

Police Raid Storage Unit of USC Gynecologist Accused of Sexual Abuse

December 13, 2018 – Among the evidence seized from a storage unit rented by USC’s former campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall was a trove of porn and a collection of photographs authorities believe may be of former patients. Authorities were tipped off to the whereabouts of Tyndall’s storage unit after detectives followed him there on several occasions during the course of their investigation into sexual assault allegations.

100’s More Lawsuits Filed

July 23, 2018 – USC has been hit with lawsuits from 51 more patients of George Tyndall as board chairman calls for expedited settlements. As more lawsuits pile up against USC for its handling of a campus gynecologist accused of sexually abusing patients, the chair of the university’s board of trustees said he wanted to see the litigation resolved “as quickly as possible.”

Tyndall’s House, Storage Unit Raided by LAPD

June 15, 2018 – Detectives from the LAPD on Thursday raided a home and storage facility owned by Dr. George Tyndall, according to the Los Angeles Times. Police have been in contact with about 135 women regarding Tyndall, and more than 400 others have called a university hotline since news of the investigation surfaced.

3 More Former USC Students Sue Over Gynecologist Sexual Harassment

May 31, 2018 – Three more women have come forward to claim they were sexually harassed by USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, filing lawsuits against the university on Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The case is in RE: Jane Doe 11, et al. v. Dr. George Tyndall, et al. — Case No. BC707880.

Class Action Suits Accuse USC of “Deliberately Concealing” Gynecologist’s Sexual Assault

May 29, 2018 – New allegations surface in lawsuits against USC gynecologist accused in multiple counts of sexual abuse / assault. Plaintiffs claim university officials knew of the accusations for decades and took no action, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Our law firms filed the first lawsuits against USC and Dr. George Tyndall

With almost $1 Billion recovered on behalf of sexual abuse victims Nationwide, our law firms have the experience you need.

Manly, Stewart & Finaldi and The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP based in Southern California along with Washington, D.C.-based Schmidt & Clark, LLP expect numerous additional victims to come forward in the coming days and months, as the full details of Tyndall’s conduct and the negligence of the university are made public.

If you or a loved one believe you have been subjected to sexual assault, abuse, or harassment by Dr. George Tyndall or any other USC employee, we can help. All inquiries are absolutely confidential, and if you decide to pursue a claim, California law allows victims of sexual abuse or assault to remain nameless.

If you provide our firms the opportunity to represent you, you will not be responsible for any legal fees unless we achieve a settlement or judgment on your behalf.

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