In re: USC Student Health Center Litigation Settlement
USC Student Health Center Litigation Settlement
Case No. 2:18-cv-04258-SVW-GJS

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  • A Settlement has been reached with the University of Southern California and its Board of Trustees and with Dr. George M. Tyndall, M.D. in a class action lawsuit. Plaintiffs allege in the lawsuit that Dr. Tyndall assaulted, abused, sexually harassed, committed medical malpractice, or otherwise acted inappropriately towards female patients while he was a gynecologist at the USC Student Health Center, and that USC failed to respond appropriately to Dr. Tyndall's conduct.

 

  • The Settlement provides a $215 million Settlement Fund for Class Members.

 

  • Statement of Settlement Class Membership and Tier 2 and 3 Claim Forms must be received online or postmarked by mail no later than November 8, 2019.
     
  • The Settlement requires USC to implement institutional changes, like an independent women’s health advocate on campus, stringent background checks, training, and monitoring of health center employees, and procedures at the university for preventing and reporting potential abuse or harassment, among other measures. Click here for the current status of the institutional changes.
     
  • The deadline to object to the Settlement is October 9, 2019 and the deadline to exclude yourself from the Settlement is November 7, 2019.

 

Am I a Class Member?

You are a Class Member if you were seen for treatment by Dr. Tyndall at the University of Southern California Student Health Center during the period from August 14, 1989 to June 21, 2016:

(a) for Women’s Health Issues, (“Women’s Health Issues” includes but is not limited to any issue relating to breast, vaginal, urinary tract, bowel, gynecological, or sexual health, including contraception and fertility. A list of Women’s Health Issues is available on this website by clicking here.)

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(b) whose treatment by Dr. Tyndall included an examination by him of her breast or genital areas,

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(c) whose treatment included the taking of photographs or videotapes of her unclothed or partially clothed body.

 

Protecting Your Privacy

Your identity and all information you provide in making your claim will be kept strictly confidential in accordance with the Amended Settlement Agreement. Everyone you interact with when making your claim – either online or on the phone – is specially trained to be sensitive to the needs of survivors, and to ensure you have a safe, private, and compassionate place to tell your story.

 

Class Member Award Tiers

Recognizing the traumatic nature of the conduct at the heart of this case, the Settlement was designed to compensate Class Members for the harms they endured, while allowing individuals to select an award tier and participation level based on their willingness to discuss their experiences of abuse.

Tier 1 (Guaranteed Minimum $2,500 Payment)

Every Class Member will receive an initial, minimum $2,500 payment, simply by virtue of being a Class Member, in addition to being eligible for Tier 2 or Tier 3 payments. Those who can be pre-identified through USC's existing health center records will be automatically mailed a Tier 1 payment check for $2,500 once the Settlement is effective. Those Class Members who could not be identified through USC's records must submit a simple signed Statement of Settlement Class Membership Form to receive their $2,500 payment.

Tier 2for those who only feel comfortable sharing their story in writing.

Class Members have the option to submit a written Claim Form describing their experience with Dr. Tyndall, the impact to them, and the harm they suffered. Class Members willing to provide a written account of their experiences are eligible for a Tier 2 payment, for which there is a range of $7,500 and $20,000, subject to Pro Rata Adjustment. Claim Forms will be reviewed by a three-member claims Panel, made up of a Court-appointed Special Master, an OB/GYN, and a forensic psychologist selected by the Parties in consultation with the Special Master.

Tier 3for those who feel comfortable being interviewed by specially trained, compassionate specialists, in addition to submitting a written claim.

Class Members willing to provide information about their experience and its impact in the form of an interview with the team for the three-member claims Panel, in addition to the written Claim Form, are eligible for Tier 3 payments between $7,500 and $250,000, subject to Pro Rata Adjustment. Claim Forms will be reviewed by the three-member claims Panel.

Key Dates

Key Dates Timeline

 

Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement

 

ACTION

EXPLANATION DUE DATE
DO NOTHING If you are a pre-identified member of the Settlement Class and you do nothing, you will be included in the Settlement and will receive a $2,500 Tier 1 payment. You will also give up the right to sue the Defendants about the claims in this case.

If you are a potential member of the Settlement Class and you do nothing, you will not receive any payment and you will give up the right to sue the Defendants about the claims in this Litigation. In order to receive the guaranteed minimum $2,500 Tier 1 payment under the Settlement, you must complete the Statement of Settlement Class Membership Form.

See FAQ No. 18.
 
SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM Class Members can choose to submit a Tier 2 or Tier 3 claim describing their experience as a patient of Dr. Tyndall. Depending on the information they provide and whether they are willing to be interviewed, they could receive as much as $250,000.

For more information about submitting a claim, see FAQ No. 7.

Class Members who submit a claim give up their rights to sue the Defendants about the claims in this Litigation.
November 8, 2019 (Postmarked or Received Online)
EXCLUDE YOURSELF If you are a Class Member and you choose to exclude yourself, you will not be included in the Settlement. You will receive no Settlement benefits and you will keep any rights you currently have to sue the Defendants about the claims in this case.  See FAQ No. 52. November 7, 2019 (Postmarked)
OBJECT If you are a Class Member and you do not exclude yourself, and if you disagree with the Settlement, you can write to the Court to explain your objection.  See FAQ No. 50. October 9, 2019 (Filed or Postmarked) (Passed)
GO TO A HEARING Class Members may ask to speak in court about the fairness of the Settlement. See FAQ No. 43. January 6, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

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