Thirty-Eight Women Now Suing USC’s Former Gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall, in Federal Class-Action Lawsuit
Prominent class-action firm says victims continue to speak out against Tyndall’s rampant sexual abuse to bring systemic change through justice
LOS ANGELES – The federal class-action lawsuit against Dr. George Tyndall, the former gynecologist at the University of Southern California (USC), continues to grow in strength and size as more victims of Dr. Tyndall’s rampant sexual abuse and harassment step forward to join the case, according to Hagens Berman.
The law firm representing 38 women against Dr. Tyndall filed another class-action complaint on July 13, 2018, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, detailing new cases of molestation, flagrant abuse of power and systemic and repeated sexual abuse by the former USC gynecologist. One victim also details her oral and written complaints to USC supervisors at the student health center that went unheeded.
“The fact that victims of Dr. Tyndall’s examination room abuse complained to nurses and wrote letters to the student health center director – and yet USC let Dr. Tyndall continue to abuse students for decades – is horrifying,” said Steve Berman, managing partner and co-founder of Hagens Berman.
“One thing Dr. Tyndall didn’t account for was the strength in numbers of dozens of women armed with the power of justice and the law,” added Elizabeth Fegan, partner at Hagens Berman representing the proposed class of women against USC and Dr. Tyndall. “We intend to do everything we can to fight for both the protection and empowerment of each and every one of his victims through this class-action lawsuit.”
“Many of Dr. Tyndall’s victims might be curious about their legal options and what they can expect from a lawsuit,” Berman said. “A class-action lawsuit seeks to compensate all victims who suffered the same abuse, but it also seeks to push systemic change though a large, unified front.”
Systemic change in this case could mean changes to USC medical examination protocols, third party oversight of USC’s student health center, and clear reporting requirements when any medical staff receives a complaint or is witness to a breach of medical protocols – no matter how small.
Hagens Berman’s sexual abuse legal team has been vocal in the MeToo movement, filing a federal class-action case on behalf of actresses and professionals who were sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein. Hagens Berman is also investigating the alleged sexual abuses by a physician who treated male student-athletes and others at Ohio State University.
“We want to show the public that Dr. Tyndall and USC can and will be held accountable for this abuse through the power of the class,” she said. “We want to make sure USC never again ignores the cries of its students. We want to make campuses safer for women, and we believe this lawsuit can do just that.”
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Your protection is Hagens Berman’s top priority. We welcome any information, and those who contact our firm may remain anonymous in their potential case. Hagens Berman will request that the Court permit our clients to proceed anonymously as a Jane Doe. Our attorneys have experience in protecting plaintiffs who wish to remain anonymous, both as whistleblowers and as survivors of sexual misconduct.
Attorneys at Hagens Berman achieved a nationwide sexual harassment settlement on behalf of 16,000 women and also tried the first ever sexual harassment case in Washington state in 1985. The firm represents multiple women on behalf of a class of all victims who were harassed or otherwise assaulted by Harvey Weinstein, seeking to hold him and his co-conspirators accountable for a years-long pattern of sexual harassment and cover-ups.
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