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USC Gynecologist Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit

USC Gynecologist Sexual Abuse Class Action Lawsuit

UPDATE: A new law in California gives women until the end of 2020 to file independent sex abuse lawsuits against USC’s former gynecologist George Tyndall. Click here to read more.

Our law firm helped file the first lawsuit against USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall on behalf of a group of women who were sexually assaulted during pelvic exams.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting sexual abuse induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was sexually assaulted by USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Sexual Abuse Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

UPDATE: USC Agrees to Pay $1 Billion in Settlements for Tyndall Sex Abuse

In March 2021, USC agreed to pay an $852 million settlement to more than 700 women who accused former gynecologist George Tyndall of sexual abuse during exams.

When combined with a $215 million class action settlement in 2018 for around 18,000 of Tyndall’s patients, the total payout tops $1 billion. John Manly, co-lead counsel for women suing USC, said:

“Institutions don’t pay out a billion dollars because nothing happened or they’re not responsible. We were able to prove in court that USC knew for the better part of 30 years that Tyndall was assaulting patients.”

Lawmakers Lift Time-Limit on Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Lawmakers in California are working to temporarily lift the statute of limitations on lawsuits over sex abuse allegations involving George Tyndall. Under current law, the statute of limitations is 10 years from the date of the misconduct. The bill would allow victims to file lawsuits for sex abuse by doctors at student health centers between January 1, 1988 and January 1, 2017.

Tyndall Gives Up Medical License After Sex Abuse Accusations

George Tyndall has surrendered his medical license after being accused of sexually abusing over 700 female patients since the 1990s. His lawyer said he chose to give up his license rather than fight a 13-page accusation that was filed by the Medical Board of California in September 2018.

The 13-page accusation letter describes 5 women who say they were abused. In one case from 2012, a student said Tyndall locked the door, watched her undress, and made lewd sexual comments while repeatedly inserting his fingers in her vagina.

She said he “moved his fingers in and out, back and forth, repeatedly, for several minutes.” When she asked him to stop, she said he told her to relax and the exam would conclude in a few minutes. She said his face was “within a couple of inches of her vagina” and she heard him “breathing heavily.”

Judge Approves $215 Million Class Action Settlement

A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a landmark $215 million class action settlement that USC offered to pay former patients of Dr. George Tyndall. The settlement would provide between $2,500 and $250,000 to each woman who was abused by Tyndall between 1988 and 2016.

Should I Join the Settlement?

Multiple lawyers representing hundreds of victims are strongly advising their clients against joining the settlement so they can continue their individual lawsuits in state court instead.

Tyndall Arrested on 29 Felony Sex Assault Charges

Former USC gynecologist George Tyndall was arrested on 29 felony sexual assault charges involving 16 patients who claim they were violated during exams. Over 700 women have now come forward with claims of misconduct against Tyndall. Click here to read more.


Nude Photos Found in Raid of USC Gynecologist Storage Unit

December 2018 — A trove of photographs of naked women in what appeared to be an exam room were discovered when LAPD investigators raided a storage unit belonging to George Tyndall. Click here to read more.

USC Official Calls for Quick Settlements

With hundreds of lawsuits now pending against USC, Rick Caruso, Chair of the USC Board of Trustees, said he hoped a sex abuse lawsuit settlement could occur without depositions and trials that would require Tyndall’s patients to publicly describe their sexual abuse.

USC Sex Abuse Class Action Lawsuit

In May 2018, a class action lawsuit was filed against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California (USC) by a group of women who say they were sexually assaulted.

Here are some of the allegations against Dr. Tyndall in the lawsuits:

  • Using ungloved fingers to penetrate the vagina
  • Inserting his entire ungloved hand up to his wrist into a woman’s vagina
  • Moving his fingers in and out of the vagina while making sexual comments about “tightness”
  • Using ungloved hands to grope breasts
  • Asking inappropriate questions, such as whether a woman had ever swallowed semen before
  • Forcing women to get entirely naked and lie on the exam table to be slowly inspected head-to-toe for “moles”
  • Taking photographs of patients’ genitals
  • Making racist remarks
  • And more

Lawsuit Describes 30+ Years of Sexual Abuse

The lawsuit describes complaints of Dr. Tyndall inappropriately photographing patients’ genitals in the 1990s. The photographs were found in a box under his desk during a search of his office in 2017.

Why Wasn’t He Fired Earlier?

USC administrators are accused of ignoring the misconduct and allowing Dr. Tyndall unfettered access to young girls. After he was suspended in 2016, USC admitted that he should have been removed from the clinic years ago “because of the severity of the complaints.”

The lawsuit mentions that a group of 8 chaperones reported Dr. Tyndall to their supervisor in 2013. However, he continued working until a nurse reported him to the campus rape crisis center in 2016.

Over 700+ Women Reported Sexual Abuse

After the class action lawsuit was filed, USC admitted that over 700 women have come forward to complain about Dr. Tyndall’s behavior.

Unfortunately, many women did not realize they were being sexually assaulted by Dr. Tyndall during the exams because he was a doctor who claimed that he was performing medically necessary treatment.

In fact, USC investigators determined that he sexually harassed patients, and his “exams” were not accepted medical practice. Our lawyers are concerned that thousands of women were victimized.

USC Faculty Members Demand Justice

A group of over 200 faculty members at USC demanded the resignation of president C.L. Max Nikias after reports that Tyndall was allowed to resign with a financial settlement when Tyndall threatened to sue the school for discrimination and retaliation. The plan to avoid a lawsuit from Tyndall backfired after USC was hit with numerous lawsuits from women who were sexually assaulted by Tyndall during vaginal exams.

What is the Problem?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is nationally recognized as a class action law firm. Our lawyers are now filing individual lawsuits against Dr. Tyndall for sexual abuse, assaults, and USC for failing to address these serious complaints.

About Class Actions

Class actions can be useful when a lot of people have similar claims. Everyone joins together and collectively seeks compensation through a jury verdict or a settlement. However, class actions can also have disadvantages when one person has far more serious injuries.

Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action

Our law firm is filing individual lawsuits for women who were victimized by Dr. George Tyndall at USC. There is no excuse for sexual assault, or anyone who ignores years of complaints about misconduct. If you decide to file a lawsuit, we may be able to help you seek a financial payout for your pain and suffering, long-term injuries, and more.

Do I have a USC Gynecologist Sexual Abuse Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting sexual abuse induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was sexually assaulted by USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Sexual Abuse Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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