This settlement will provide relief to those who were affected by this difficult experience. It is an important milestone for those former patients seeking certain resolution without reliving their painful experiences.
With this preliminary approval, the settlement administrator may now provide official notice to all potential class members. We expect those notices to be issued to Tyndall’s former patients within the next month.
Unsealed Documents from Class Action Settlement Proceedings (May 23, 2019)
Several documents related to the Tyndall matter have been unsealed by order of the court. These documents include complaints made about Tyndall during his employment and the steps USC took in response.
From Interim President Wanda M. Austin (May 23, 2019)
We believe that former patients, as well as our USC community, will benefit from the disclosure of this information. The documents show when complaints against Dr. Tyndall were made, the nature of the complaints and the university’s response to them. Our hope is that the documents will assist former patients in assessing their legal options, including those who are evaluating whether to remain in the proposed Federal Class Action Settlement.
These records should help confirm that the proposed Settlement remains the best option for bringing a fair and respectful resolution to this matter for as many of Dr. Tyndall’s former patients as possible. Making changes to strengthen our university, rebuilding trust, and healing our community remain our top priorities.
Update Statement (April 25, 2019)
The judge overseeing the federal class action lawsuit in the Dr. George Tyndall case recently issued an order that moves the proposed $215 million settlement one step closer to approval.
An order issued on April 18 states that the judge “takes no issue with the substantive terms of the settlement between Plaintiffs and Defendants.” He also asked the parties to provide some additional information. It is common for a judge to ask for clarifications, additional details or structural modifications to a class action settlement proposal.
The parties will address the judge’s comments in the coming weeks. The settlement remains on track.
From Interim President Wanda M. Austin (February 12, 2019)
“I am encouraged by today’s settlement filing, which takes another important step in healing our community. Every affected individual is a member of the Trojan family and we care deeply about their wellbeing. Providing a fair and respectful resolution to as many former, impacted patients as possible, and making impactful changes that strengthen our university continues to be our top priorities.”
University Statement (February 12, 2019)
In addition to the monetary relief offered in this settlement, USC continues to make sweeping changes to prevent all forms of misconduct on campus, including establishing an Office of Professionalism and Ethics and an Office of Ombuds Services. The university is also strengthening operating and oversight procedures at the Student Health Center including making female physicians available to all patients, and engaging an Independent Women’s Health Advocate to ensure any complaints of improper conduct are investigated and resolved by appropriate university officials and authorities, among others. For a complete list of changes and mitigations completed and underway, please visit https://change.usc.edu/change-progress-dashboard-grid/.
From Interim President Wanda M. Austin (October 19, 2018)
“As of October 19, 2018, the university has reached agreement in principle on a $215 million class action settlement that will compensate students who received women’s health services from Dr. George Tyndall at USC’s student health center.
Our Board of Trustees supports this settlement, which was reached in collaboration with plaintiffs’ counsel, and which will provide relief to those who have been impacted by this difficult experience. By doing so, we hope that we can help our community move collectively toward reconciliation. I regret that any student ever felt uncomfortable, unsafe, or mistreated in any way as a result of the actions of a university employee.”
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