A chapter in the sexual abuse allegations against George Tyndall was closed this week when the University of Southern California approved a possible settlement for patients from the university’s former gynecologist in a state court.
The civil settlement ends litigation for former Tyndall patients, school officials said. Combined with a 2018 federal class action treaty and several dozen other undisclosed settlements, the amount paid by the University of Los Angeles to federal and state plaintiffs exceeds $ 1.1 billion, according to school officials.
George Tyndall, the former USC campus gynecologist charged with sexually assaulting 16 patients over the course of seven years, appears in Los Angeles on July 1, 2019 with attorney Andrew Flier on the Los Angeles Supreme Court indictment.
A 2018 Los Angeles Times investigation found that Tyndall had been the subject of complaints of sexual misconduct since the 1990s. He was suspended in 2016 before stepping down the following year.
After agreeing to the latest settlement, the university said its aim was “to resolve this dispute in a way that does justice to the women who have been abused by Tyndall.”
Here’s a look at top settlements, who gets them, and how they’re paid for.
$ 852 million civil settlement
The $ 852 million figure is likely the largest settlement for sexual abuse survivors in history, said attorneys involved in the lawsuit. Previously, Michigan State University’s $ 500 million settlement in 2018 was considered the largest for claims against sports doctor Larry Nassar.
USC reached a settlement Thursday with 710 plaintiffs who have filed lawsuits in California state court.
The agreement includes two settlements – one for $ 842.4 million for 702 plaintiffs and a second for $ 9.2 million for eight plaintiffs – according to lawyers for several plaintiffs.
To sue in a state court, plaintiffs had to allege more than $ 250,000 in damage, consult a psychologist, and hire an attorney.
The average payment for the settlement is $ 1.2 million, although the exact breakdown of the damage is being verified by a neutral third party. Each plaintiff is entitled to a minimum of $ 250,000.
USC will pay $ 1.1 billion to settle decades of sexual abuse claims against gynecologist George Tyndall, who worked for many years at the Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles on March 25, 2021.
The settlement will be paid in two installments, in August 2021 and August 2022, the lawyers said.
The university plans to pay off the settlement “largely through a combination of litigation provisions, insurance proceeds, deferred capital expenditures, sale of non-essential assets and careful management of non-essential expenses,” USC President Carol L. Folt said in a letter to the school community.
“No philanthropic gifts, endowments, or tuition fees will be diverted from their intended purposes,” she said.
$ 215 million class action lawsuit
The most recent lawsuit follows a 2018 federal class action lawsuit in which USC agreed to pay out $ 215 million to anyone who received women’s health services from Tyndall at the university’s student health center, regardless of whether they were suspected of sexual misconduct present or not.
In total, 16,019 applicants have received payments totaling $ 2,500, according to the USC. In addition, attendees could apply for payments between $ 7,500 and $ 250,000 to be issued this month.
The average severance pay for the highest-paid tier of the class action that sought the greatest harm, according to several attorneys involved in the civil settlement, was $ 96,000. Plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit who opted out of the class action but were forced to retain legal counsel will end up receiving much higher payouts.
The class action settlement agreement also called on the USC to implement reforms to prevent sexual and gender-based harassment. This included doing a background check before hiring all new employees, including doctors, and revising performance reviews to identify and report inappropriate sexual behavior.