Jun 29, 2018

Loretta Merrit comments on the London diocese sexual abuse case settlements

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

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC News about recent sexual assaults occurring at resorts

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

Loretta Merritt elected to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association

OTLA champions and advocates for the rights of those who have suffered injury and loss through the wrongdoing of others.

Apr 26, 2018

Loretta Merritt honoured with the OTLA John A. McLeish Award

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

Loretta Merritt has represented many Ontario Training School survivors — here she speaks to CTV News about the low incidence of false reports

Training school survivor haunted for decades: What happened to James Forbes?

Jan 05, 2018

Loretta Merritt comments on the Albert Shultz sexual assault allegations and civil cases

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

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC News about why individual lawsuits may be a better option than class actions in historical sexual abuse cases

Class actions are not always best — individual lawsuits may be better. Get advice about opting out.

Dec 15, 2017

Loretta Merritt discusses why class action lawsuits are not always best in historical sexual abuse cases in the Toronto Star

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

Loretta Merritt speaks out against class actions for Ontario Training School sexual abuse cases

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 had done over 150 cases of abuse in the Ontario Training Schools (Oakville Reception, Galt, Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay) , Bowmanville, White Oaks (Hagersville), Sprucedale, Brookside (Coberg), Hillcrest, Cecil Fraser and Camp D.A.R.E.

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

Loretta Merritt discusses how class actions for historical sexual abuse cases can open doors but pose challenges in The Lawyer's Daily

While there are certainly advantages to pursuing historical sexual abuse claims by way of a class action, there are also distinct disadvantages.

Aug 10, 2017

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC regarding sexual assault case involving three Toronto police officers

Loretta Merritt interviewed by CBC and Zoomer Radio regarding sexual assault case involving three Toronto police officers

Jul 27, 2017

Loretta Merritt speaks to The Lawyer’s Daily on the court’s ruling that a cab firm is not liable for a driver’s alleged sexual assault

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

Loretta Merritt speaks to The Lawyer's Daily on "stealthing" and the law: Is it sexual assault?

"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

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC on the sexual assault trial of 3 Toronto cops set to begin Monday

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 25, 2017

Loretta Merritt speaks to the Sudbury Star on what may be the first case against a Children’s Aid Society in Ontario

Loretta Merritt speaks to the Sudbury Star on what may be the first case against a Children’s Aid Society in Ontario.

May 17, 2016

Torkin Manes Personal Injury Group hosts Bike Helmets for Kids event at East York Town Centre with Toronto Police

On Saturday May 14, the personal injury group at Torkin Manes partnered with Neuro-Rehab Services Inc. (NRS) to give away free bicycle helmets to children at the East York Town Centre. The Bike Helmet on Kids campaign was started by...

May 03, 2016

Torkin Manes Personal Injury Group Co-Sponsoring Helmets on Kids Event

On Saturday, May 14th, for the second year in a row, the Personal Injury Group is co-sponsoring the Helmets on Kids event at the East York Town Centre. Bike helmets will be handed out to attendees (while quantities last) and the Toronto Polic...

Jan 27, 2016

Loretta Merritt Gives Presentation to the Standing Committee on Social Policy: Bill 132

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...

Jun 02, 2015

Torkin Manes Personal Injury lawyers participate in Bike Helmet on Kids campaign to promote safety for children

On Saturday May 30, the personal injury group at Torkin Manes partnered with Neuro-Rehab Services Inc. (NRS) to give away 400 free bicycle helmets to children in the Thorncliffe Park community. The Bike Helmet on Kids campaign was initiated by the...