A proposed Settlement of $215,000,000 has been reached in a class action lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California titled In re USC Student Health Center Litigation, Case No. 2:18-cv-04258-SVW. On February 12, 2019, the parties submitted a Notice of and Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement to the Court. Following a hearing on April 1, 2019, the parties filed a Renewed Motion for Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement and to Direct Class Notice with the Court on May 17, 2019. A hearing has been scheduled for June 17, 2019 for the Court to consider whether to grant preliminary approval of the proposed Settlement.
The proposed Settlement is on behalf of all women who were seen for treatment by Dr. George M. 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, or (b) whose treatment by Dr. George M. Tyndall included an examination by him of her breast or genital areas, or (c) whose treatment included the taking of photographs or videotapes of her unclothed or partially clothed body. “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. The women who sued allege that Dr. Tyndall assaulted, abused, sexually harassed, committed medical malpractice related to a Women’s Health Issue against, or otherwise acted inappropriately towards female patients and that USC and the Board of Trustees of USC failed to respond appropriately to Dr. Tyndall’s conduct. Dr. Tyndall and USC deny these allegations, but both sides have agreed to the proposed Settlement to avoid the costs and risks of a lengthy trial and appeals process.
If you believe that you may be a Class Member, you do not have to do anything at this time. If and when the Court grants preliminary approval, information will be made available to potential Class Members by email, mail, and through publication, including the internet.