Victims of Dr. George Tyndall, a gynecologist employed for decades at the University of Southern California’s on-campus Student Health Center, have retained the services of three Nationally recognized sexual abuse survivor civil litigation law firms.
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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.
Gov. Newsom Signs Law Giving Victims of USC Gynecologist More Time to Sue
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law aimed at giving sexual assault survivors at the University of Southern California more time to file lawsuits.
The law responds to allegations by hundreds of women that former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall sexually assaulted them during examinations. Tyndall was arrested in June and is charged with molesting 16 patients. He has denied wrongdoing.
While hundreds of women have reported misconduct by Tyndall, some claims fall outside of California’s statute of limitations. The law Newsom announced signing Wednesday gives them a one-year window to decide whether to sue.
The law applies to claims of more than $250,000 arising from sexual assault or inappropriate behavior by a physician at a student health center between Jan. 1, 1988, and Jan. 1, 2017.
Details of USC Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
The first survivor’s lawsuit was filed on May 21, 2018, in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of four “Jane Doe” plaintiffs, alleges that Tyndall, who was the only full-time gynecologist at USC’s Student Health Clinic for many years, used his position to sexually abuse patients on multiple occasions. The complaint, which names Tyndall and the University of Southern California, alleges that the USC clinician engaged in a multitude of inappropriate and sexually abusive conduct with scores of young female patients, including requiring that patients strip naked for routine gynecologic exams, groping breasts and other body parts, and digital vaginal penetration without medical justification, and often without surgical gloves or other medically appropriate barriers against infection.
Complaints to USC Officials Began in the 1990s
According to press reports, Tyndall was allowed to “resign” from his post as part of a “settlement” offered to him by USC in the wake of complaints about his inappropriate conduct. The Los Angeles Times reported that complaints to USC officials began in the 1990s when co-workers alleged he was improperly photographing students' genitals. In the years that followed, patients and nursing staff were said to have accused him again and again of "creepy" behavior, including touching women inappropriately during pelvic exams and making sexually suggestive remarks about their bodies.
The Time's Investigation also uncovered an internal USC inquiry that determined that Tyndall's behavior during pelvic exams was outside the scope of current medical practice and amounted to sexual harassment of students. The university did not inform Tyndall's patients. Nor did USC report him at the time to the Medical Board of California, the agency responsible for protecting the public from problem doctors. More troubling is the fact that USC apparently never contacted law enforcement, which was required under California law whenever health care providers become aware of possible sexual assault.
According to press reports, USC administrators have now admitted that Tyndall “should have been forced out of his job years ago."
The question now being asked by survivors and their lawyers is: what did administrators at USC know about Tyndall’s conduct with patients and when did they know it?
Public and private entities that negligently hire, supervise or retain employees who they know or reasonably should suspect pose a danger to others are legally responsible for any injuries caused by their employees’ conduct, including sexual assault and abuse. Survivors are entitled to compensation for damages stemming from physical injuries as well as past, current, and future emotional distress.
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Sexual abuse survivors rarely know where to turn for competent legal advice. Sexual abuse cases comprise a complex and sensitive area of the law that requires attorneys who understand the unique concerns of survivors. Lawyers must be compassionate about their clients’ immediate legal, emotional and physiological needs, and relentlessly aggressive in their pursuit of justice against perpetrators and those who employ them.
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Manly, Stewart & Finaldi and The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP literally wrote the book on investigating and litigating sexual assault and abuse cases. They have achieved record-breaking results for abuse survivors against the largest and most well-financed opponents including the Catholic Church, the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as major universities such as Michigan State. The firms’ most recent groundbreaking accomplishments in sexual abuse and assault cases include:
- In May 2018, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi recently announced a preliminary $500,000,000 settlement to be paid by Michigan State University on behalf of young female gymnasts abused by MSU employee Dr. Larry Nassar under the guise of conducting orthopedic treatments.
- In May 2018, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi in collaboration with The Senators Firm, LLP, achieved a $31,000,000 settlement from the Torrance Unified School District on behalf of 22 high school wrestlers abused by their coach who claimed to be conducting nude “skin checks” for communicable skin diseases.
- Between 2014 and 2016, Manly, Stewart & Finaldi and The Senators Firm, LLP recovered over $200,000,000 on behalf of school children abused by teachers at three separate Los Angeles Unified School District campuses, including a $139,000,000 settlement in the infamous Miramonte Elementary School litigation.
Our litigation strategy is simple: First, we protect the rights of each of our clients, including their right to privacy and to just compensation. Second, we conduct an investigation that leaves no stone unturned in order to determine who knew what, and when they knew it, so that those responsible for allowing sexual abuse to occur under their watch can be held accountable for the damages to survivors, and so that churches, schools, and other organizations are compelled to implement real and effective changes to prevent these horrific acts from occurring in the future.
$240 Million Settlement Offer in USC Sexual Assault Litigation Revised After Judge Rejects Deal
May 20, 2019 - Attorneys in the George Tyndall USC sex abuse litigation revised a $240 million settlement offer with the university less than a day after a judge rejected the deal, according to Bloomberg Law. The judge struck down the original class action settlement offer after flagging several problems with the deal; attorneys wasted no time in correcting the errors, and by Friday had a revised agreement filed.
30 New Lawsuits Filed Against Tyndall
January 21, 2019 - Dr. George Tyndall has been named as a defendant in 30 new lawsuits. 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.
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.
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