Today, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Los Angeles Police Department has raided former USC OB/GYN Dr. George Tyndall’s home and storage unit, executing search warrants in connection with the investigation into the alleged sexual abuse and misconduct of patients under his care. Dr. Tyndall practiced at USC’s Engemann Student Health Center from 1987 until he was suspended in 2016. He claimed to have provided care to “thousands and thousands of Trojan women” during his time at USC.
Janet, Janet and Suggs, LLC and Arias Sanguinetti Wang & Torrijos, LLP filed the first class action lawsuits against the University of Southern California on behalf of thousands of female students who were allegedly sexually abused and illicitly photographed by Dr. Tyndall. Our lawsuits allege that USC received repeated complaints from students and co-workers, but failed to take appropriate steps to investigate those complaints. Finally, in 2016, USC hired an outside firm to investigate Dr. Tyndall’s conduct, according to media reports. The firm, MDReview, is the nation’s only physician-led peer review medical consulting firm. The investigation found that Dr. Tyndall “exhibited unprofessional and inappropriate behavior” and that his pelvic exams were outside “current standards of care.”
Shockingly, it appears USC agreed to enter a “no finding” conclusion related to the investigation, characterize Tyndall’s departure as a resignation, and actually provide him severance pay despite the findings from MDReview’s investigation. USC, in a recent press statement, took the position that it should have reported Dr. Tyndall to the Medical Board of California eight months earlier than it did. Given the multitude of complaints lodged to the University during much of Dr. Tyndall’s tenure, there is a reasonable basis to conclude that USC should have reported him years, if not decades, earlier.
The class representative for each class is not identified because of the sensitive nature of the lawsuits. The class representative in each class is referred to as Jane Doe. Many of the women targeted by Dr. Tyndall were of Chinese or other Asian descent. Also participating in the representation from ASWT is partner Arnold C. Wang, who was born in Taiwan, Republic of China and is fluent in Mandarin, along with Kate Harvey-Lee, a Senior Trial Lawyer at ASWT with extensive experience in complex litigation and class action matters.
Since our classes have been filed, hundreds of potential victims have come forward to detail Dr. Tyndall’s pattern of abuse. Several additional lawsuits have been filed, and the U.S. Education Department has launched an investigation into USC’s handling of the allegations.
JJS managing partner Howard A. Janet is no stranger to handling these types of class action cases. He is one of the attorneys who spearheaded the $190,000,000 settlement of the class action against The Johns Hopkins Hospital on behalf of approximately 8,000 women who alleged they were sexually abused and illicitly photographed by OB/GYN Dr. Nikita Levy.
For additional information or to join the class, please visit the case information page at www.jjsjustice.com/usc/. Those interested may also contact JJS toll-free at 1-877-692-3862 or Mike Arias and ASWT at 1-855-481-1020.