Jun 29, 2018
A decade-long court battle between the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and its insurance company has disclosed $15 million in largely secret settlements to people who sued priests for sexual abuse.
May 22, 2018
So many women are speaking out about sexual assault by resort employees in numerous countries, Trip Advisor announced last fall that it would flag hotels where assaults have been reported.
May 01, 2018
OTLA champions and advocates for the rights of those who have suffered injury and loss through the wrongdoing of others.
Apr 26, 2018
The John A. McLeish Award honours a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the goals of a fair trial and access to justice, as an advocate, in legal scholarship, continuing legal education, legal writing, journalism, politics or government.
Feb 12, 2018
Training school survivor haunted for decades: What happened to James Forbes?
Jan 05, 2018
The accuser is a witness for the Crown, meaning she doesn't have a right to representation by a lawyer and has no say in how the proceeding is conducted said Loretta Merritt, a Toronto-based lawyer who specializes in sexual abuse lawsuits.
Dec 19, 2017
Class actions are not always best — individual lawsuits may be better. Get advice about opting out.
Dec 15, 2017
Too many abuse survivors lose the opportunity to make individual claims if they miss the op out deadline, which is easy to do for a variety of legitimate reasons.
Dec 12, 2017
If class members don’t opt out by a date specified by the court, they are deemed to be included, even if they don’t know about the lawsuit or don’t feel ready to come forward with their experiences...
Dec 12, 2017
Loretta Merritt has represented dozens of former training school residents. She says shame and the fear of not being believed make many abuse victims reluctant to come forward.
Nov 20, 2017
While there are certainly advantages to pursuing historical sexual abuse claims by way of a class
action, there are also distinct disadvantages.
Aug 22, 2017
We are pleased to announce that 20 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Aug 10, 2017
Loretta Merritt interviewed by CBC and Zoomer Radio regarding sexual assault case involving three Toronto police officers
Jul 27, 2017
Ontario’s top court has ruled that a taxi company is not vicariously liable for a sexual assault that a driver allegedly committed on an intoxicated female passenger.
Jul 14, 2017
"Stealthing” is the new sexual assault — a crime by any other name, say Canadian lawyers — that adds another twist to current issues of consent in cases of sexual violence. The practice — not rape, but “rape-adjacent&...
Jun 05, 2017
Consent, alcohol, the complainant's credibility: common themes in sexual assault cases that are now set to play out in an uncommonly high-profile setting, as the trial begins Monday for three Toronto police officers accused of sexually assaulting a female colleague.
May 29, 2017
Torkin Manes is pleased to announce that several firm lawyers have been named as leaders in their fields in The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
May 25, 2017
Loretta Merritt speaks to the Sudbury Star on what may be the first case against a Children’s Aid Society in Ontario.
Aug 22, 2016
We are pleased to announce that 18 of our partners have recently been recognized as leaders in their respective fields in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Jan 27, 2016
On January 22, 2016, Loretta Merritt made a presentation to the Ontario Standing Committee on Social Policy with respect to Bill 132, Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act. This legislation, if passed, would remove the limitation per...