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 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 25, 2017
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
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
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
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
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...
Aug 25, 2014
We are pleased to announce the selection of 13 Torkin Manes lawyers as leaders in their respective fields, as published in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Based on a highly-regarded annual peer review survey, Torkin Manes’ ...
Oct 15, 2013
Torkin Manes' Loretta Merritt highlighted in Ontario Bar Association's "Why I Went to Law School" campaign