Judge in USC Tyndall Sex Abuse Gender Violence Case Issues Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Renewed Motion for Preliminary Settlement Approval

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On June 13, 2019, Judge Steven V. Wilson of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California issued an order granting Plaintiffs’ renewed motion for preliminary approval of the class action settlement of the gender violence and sexual abuse litigation against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. The settlement will require USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize the harm done to all of Tyndall’s patients through a $215 million fund that gives every survivor a choice in how to participate.  [Read more…]

USC/Tyndall Class Action Settlement to Establish Institutional Reforms on Campus, Provide $215 Million Fund for Survivors

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Revised agreement filed today includes additional information requested by Court

University of Southern California (USC) students and alumnae today filed an amended class action settlement agreement that creates a $215 million fund recognizing all survivors of former student health center gynecologist George Tyndall, while establishing institutional reforms on campus such as new procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct. [Read more…]

Hotchkiss School Student Sexual Abuse Trial to Move Forward

Hotchkiss Student Sexual Abuse Trial to Move Forward

As reported by the Legal Reader, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden has rejected a request by attorneys representing Hotchkiss to dismiss the sexual abuse lawsuit against the school, ruling that a jury trial take place. Bolden disagreed with the school’s attorneys that Hotchkiss was not responsible for the protection of the student, identified as “John Doe” in the lawsuit. [Read more…]

Humane Society Announces Conclusion of Reconciliation Process Aimed at Improving its Workplace Culture

Humane Society Announces Conclusion of Critical Reconciliation Process

Lieff Cabraser attorney Kelly M. Dermody Commends the Society’s Efforts, Applauds the ‘Courageous Women Who Came Forward’ to Initiate the Transformation – “A tremendous day for HSUS and for the future of the animal welfare movement.”

On October 1, 2018, the Humane Society of the United States announced a Reconciliation Process to improve the organization for the benefit of all HSUS employees and volunteers. On March 12, 2019, the Co-Chairs of the HSUS Board of Directors issued a message to the organization regarding the conclusion of that Reconciliation Process. [Read more…]

Hotchkiss School Student Sexual Abuse Lawsuit Ordered to Trial

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Rejecting the school’s request for dismissal, U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden has cleared the student sexual abuse lawsuit against Hotchkiss School for trial. The suit is brought by a former student who attended the prestigious college preparatory school in the mid-1980s, and was sexually abused at age 14 on multiple occasions by a dorm proctor and spurious athletic trainer. The suit further alleges that Hotchkiss School tried to cover up the boy’s reports of the incidents in order to protect its own reputation. [Read more…]

Powerful USA Today Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor: “My encounter with George Tyndall at USC scarred me. The settlement will help me heal.”

USA Today Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor

USA Today has published a moving opinion piece written by USC alumna Elisabeth Treadway, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. Ms. Treadway recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. [Read more…]

Compelling Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor in USC Daily Trojan Newspaper: “USC Tyndall settlement shows strength in numbers”

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The University of Southern California’s student newspaper, The Daily Trojan, has published a powerful opinion piece written by USC alumna, Shannon O’Conner, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. Ms. O’Conner recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. [Read more…]

Passage of NY Child Victims Act Presents Vital Opportunity for Survivors of Sexual Abuse at Rockefeller Hospital to Seek Redress

Rockefeller Hospital Sex Abuse Cases Much More Actionable After the Passing of the NY Child Victims Act

In 2018 The New York Times published an explosive article detailing a widespread pattern of sexual exploitation and abuse by now-deceased Dr. Reginald Archibald at New York’s Rockefeller University Hospital in a staggering range of incidents dating as far back as the 1950s and extending to a thousand patients or more. Now that New York legislature has passed a groundbreaking expansion of the time period in which survivors can bring lawsuits relating to such offenses, affected patients of Dr. Archibald are empowered to seek redress for their past victimization via legal means. [Read more…]

Powerful CNN Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor: “A USC Gynecologist Shattered My Illusions”

CNN Op-ed by Tyndall Sexual Assault Survivor

CNN has published a striking opinion piece written by USC alumna, Meggie Kwait, one of the thousands of women who allegedly suffered sexual abuse by the former head gynecologist at the USC health center. Ms. Kwait recounts her own horrific experience and expresses her support for the recent settlement of the federal class action lawsuit filed by female USC students and former students against Dr. George Tyndall and the University of Southern California. [Read more…]

USC to Enact Campus-Wide Reforms to Prevent and Report Sexual and Racial Misconduct, Provide Monetary Relief to Thousands of Former Tyndall Patients as Part of Class Action Settlement

USC and Dr. George Tyndall Sexual Abuse Cases

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – University of Southern California (USC) students and alumni today filed a class action settlement agreement resolving claims related to gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. that will require USC to adopt and implement procedures for identification, prevention, and reporting of sexual and racial misconduct, as well as recognize all of Tyndall’s patients through a $215 million fund that gives every survivor a choice in how to participate. [Read more…]

New York State Senate Passes Child Victims Act

Rockefeller Hospital Sex Abuse Cases Much More Actionable After the Passing of the NY Child Victims Act

After years of being blocked by a Republican-controlled legislature, the Child Victims Act, sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman’s and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, has finally been passed by the New York State Senate. As reported by The New York Times, for the past 13 years, activists and Democratic officials in the state of New York have fought to strengthen protections for childhood abuse victims, only to face significant resistance from powerful interests groups including insurance companies, private schools, and leaders from the Roman Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish communities. [Read more…]

USC Tyndall Sexual Misconduct Settlement a “Step Forward” for Victims of Abuse at USC

USC Tyndall Sexual Misconduct Settlement a “Step Forward” for Victims of Abuse at USC

New op-ed piece by Cherylyn Lebon includes comments from Lieff Cabraser partner Annika K. Martin who represents women in the class lawsuit against USC

The Los Angeles Daily News has published an opinion piece praising the terms of the recently-announced federal class action settlement of the lawsuit filed against George Tyndall and the University of Southern California (USC) on behalf of hundreds of women alleging sexual misconduct by the former head gynecologist at the USC student health center. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser and Co-Counsel Announce $215 Million Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit Against George Tyndall, M.D., and the University of Southern California for Sexual Assault, Harassment, and Other Serious Offenses

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Lieff Cabraser, Sauder Schelkopf LLC, Girard Sharp LLP, and Hagens Berman LLP announce that a $215 million settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit filed on behalf of women who were sexually abused, harassed, and molested by gynecologist George Tyndall, M.D. while they were students at the University of Southern California (“USC”). The case will be settled as a class action, subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, on the basis of a class defined to include “all current or former female students who were seen for treatment by Dr. George M. Tyndall at USC’s student health center for women’s health issues (the ‘Settlement Class’).” [Read more…]

Cascade of Child Sexual Abuse Accusations Arises Against Dr. Reginald Archibald of The Rockefeller University Hospital in New York

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The New York Times has published an article revealing what appears to be a widespread pattern of sexual exploitation and abuse by now-deceased Dr. Reginald Archibald at The Rockefeller University Hospital, a staggering range of incidents that may date back as far as the 1950s and extend to a thousand patients or more. [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Files New Lawsuit Against the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut Over Allegations of Drugging and Sexual Abuse of a Student

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On October 12, 2018, Lieff Cabraser and co-counsel filed the latest in a series of lawsuits against the exclusive Hotchkiss college preparatory school in Connecticut, over allegations that a teacher at the Hotchkiss School drugged and sexually assaulted a student at the school in the 1990s. In addition to seeking justice for the former student plaintiff, the lawsuit seeks to uncover a pattern of tolerance, institutional cover-ups, and multiple predation events at the school going back decades. The suit also calls for a “truly independent” investigation of sexual abuse at Hotchkiss, citing a previous study by the law firm Locke Lord that the current pleadings describe as “woefully incomplete.” [Read more…]

Lieff Cabraser Announces Class Action Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Patrick Sutton, M.D., and Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA

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Lieff Cabraser and Sauder Schelkopf LLC have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of women who were sexually assaulted and harassed during treatment by longtime Huntington Hospital ob/gyn Patrick Sutton. The complaint was filed by three women who allege assault and harassment by Sutton, and notes that the hospital had received numerous complaints about Sutton’s behavior dating back 20 years, yet continues to allow him to practice there. Dr. Sutton has worked at Huntington Hospital since 1989. [Read more…]

Huntington Hospital Gynecologist Repeatedly Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Medical Board

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The LA Times reports that Dr. Patrick Sutton, a noted Pasadena obstetrician, faces the suspension or loss of his license in the wake of a fifth accusation of sexual misconduct. In this fifth instance of alleged inappropriate behavior, state regulators accuse Sutton of making improper comments about a patient’s appearance and sex life. Though the previous accusations were available in public records, the Times notes that they were not previously reported in the media. [Read more…]

14 Former McCallie School Students Allege Sexual Misconduct by Past Faculty Members

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As reported by WRCBtv, 14 former students of the prestigious McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee have revealed that they were victims of sexual misconduct at the school between the late 1960s and 2000. A letter circulated to parents of McCallie students earlier this week contained details about the 14 former students who had reported they experienced the sexual misconduct at McCallie. [Read more…]

Sexual Assault Subpoenas Issued to All New York Catholic Dioceses by NY Attorney General

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As reported by U.S. News, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Washington Post, and numerous other outlets, a major investigation has been launched in New York looking into allegations of widespread sex crimes committed by Catholic Church priests that were subsequently covered up by church leadership. Sources indicate that the NY AG’s office issued civil subpoenas to all eight Catholic dioceses in New York state, following close on the heels of “shocking” grand jury reports in Pennsylvania of predator priests in more than 1,000 incidents involving approximately 300 priests across that state. As NBC posted, “New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood has subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state as part of her office’s investigation into the church’s handling of sex abuse allegations.” [Read more…]