FAQ Regarding George Tyndall Class Action Settlement

What is this lawsuit about?
The lawsuit concerns the actions of George Tyndall, former gynecologist employed at USC’s student health center from August 14, 1989 until June 21, 2016. In June 2019, the court granted preliminary approval for a $215 million federal class action settlement that will compensate individuals who received women’s health services from Tyndall at the student health center.

Recently, the judge overseeing the settlement ordered distribution of notices to the potential class members. The court also appointed an independent Settlement Administrator, who is available to take questions about the settlement process at info@USCTyndallSettlement.com or by telephone at 1-888-663-1718.

Who is this information for?
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 may be eligible members of the class for the settlement.
See www.USCTyndallSettlement.com for additional information.

What other information was released to the court and the settlement administrator?
To facilitate notice to potential class members, the Court ordered USC to provide the settlement administrator with the names and contact information (including physical and e-mail addresses) of identified and potential class members. No medical records have been shared with the administrator. Class members may decide to share their medical records with the administrator by filling out an Authorization Form in the Claims Portal.

How did they know I had a medical visit history at USC?
If you received notice of the settlement, it is not necessarily because you had a medical visit at USC. The Court required USC to help identify potential class members. To accomplish this, the Court ordered USC to provide notice to all women who were students at USC from August 14, 1989 to June 21, 2016. This may include individuals who registered for a course even though they may not have attended. No medical records have been or will be released to the court or to the administrator without your consent.

How did they know I had a medical visit in my patient history with George Tyndall?
If you received notice of the settlement, it is not necessarily because you had patient history with George Tyndall. The Court required USC to help identify potential class members. To accomplish this, the Court ordered USC to provide notice to all women who were students at USC from August 14, 1989 to June 21, 2016. This may include individuals who registered for a course even though they may not have attended. No medical records have been or will be released to the court or to the administrator without your consent.

I thought my medical records were protected under HIPAA?
They are. No class member’s medical records have been or will be released to the court or the administrator without your consent. The Court ordered USC to provide notice to all women who were students at USC during the relevant time period. Class members may choose to share their medical records with the administrator by filling out an Authorization Form in the Claims Portal.

Did the Student Health Center release my contact information and visit history without my permission?
The Student Health Center has not released visit histories or medical records without a patient’s written permission. To notify potential class members that they may be entitled to compensation, the Court ordered that USC provide name and contact information to the administrator to ensure notice of the settlement is provided to all potentially affected women.

Why am I seeing these ads if I’m not a member of the class? (or) Why is this sign here?
In order to notify as many potential members of the class as possible, legal notices of the class action settlement are being displayed in public websites, social media, and displays.

Are these signs/ads/letters from USC?
The federal judge overseeing the settlement has ordered distribution of the notices. The court has also appointed an independent Settlement Administrator, who is available to take questions about the settlement process at info@USCTyndallSettlement.com or by telephone at 1-888-663-1718.