USC gynecologist class-action lawsuit gets initial approval

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has given preliminary approval to a class-action settlement of claims against the University of Southern California stemming from sexual abuse allegations against a gynecologist who worked at a student health center for decades.

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson gave the initial approval Wednesday and set a hearing on final approval for Jan. 6, 2020.

The proposed settlement would establish a $215 million fund for plaintiffs, providing compensation ranging from $2,500 to $250,000 to women who say Dr. George Tyndall abused them between 1988 and 2016.

Former patients with allegations against Tyndall are deciding whether to join the settlement, which has been criticized by attorneys for hundreds of women in state court cases.

Tyndall remains under investigation and has not been charged. He denies any wrongdoing.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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