Sep 23, 2019

Loretta Merritt in the Law Times on the recent ruling in Ontario court that a cap on general damages does not apply to sexual abuse

The Ontario Superior Court has awarded general damages in excess of the cap in a sexual assault case, a first for the province, say lawyers. Known as the trilogy, three cases from the late 1970s – Andrews v. Grand and Toy Alberta...

Sep 18, 2019

Loretta Merritt quoted in several publications as the trial begins for class-action alleging Christian private school abuse

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Sep 12, 2019

Loretta Merritt quoted in several publications on a class-action lawsuit alleging systemic abuse at defunct private Christian school in Ontario

A group of former students are set to take the private Christian school they attended to court next week, alleging in a class-action lawsuit that they were subjected to psychological abuse designed to erode their sense of safety. The certified cla...

Jun 04, 2019

Loretta Merritt quoted in the Law Times about mediations being the best way to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct

Mediation and other less adversarial methods continue to be the best ways to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual abuse, say lawyers.

Apr 17, 2019

Former Kingsville fire chief Robert Kissner convicted of nine sex-related charges- Kissner used his position as fire chief to groom subordinates, some of whom were high school co-op students

A former local fire chief is likely facing some jail time after being convicted of sex-related offences. Former Kingsville Fire Chief Robert Kissner was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault and four counts of sexual exploitation, in a jud...

Mar 25, 2019

Loretta Merritt speaks to Ben Mulroney on CTV’s Your Morning about a lawyer for the Children’s Aid Society saying a 14 or 15 year old is a sexually mature woman and not a child

A 14- or 15-year-old girl is not a child, but rather a “sexually mature young woman,” according to a lawyer for a Northern Ontario children’s aid society. The statement by Toronto lawyer Gary McCallum is contained in a July 2018 ...

Mar 25, 2019

Loretta Merritt interviewed by the Toronto Star about case involving Kenora C.A.S. where their lawyer says a 14 or 15 year old is a sexually mature woman

A 14- or 15-year-old girl is not a child, but rather a “sexually mature young woman,” according to a lawyer for a Northern Ontario children’s aid society. The statement by Toronto lawyer Gary McCallum is contained in a July 2018 ...

Dec 07, 2018

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC News about the re-opened London Diocese sexual abuse case settlements

In a rare legal decision, a judge has set aside an 18-year-old settlement in a civil lawsuit that child sexual abuse survivor Irene Deschenes signed with the Diocese of London, saying the church failed to disclose key information about previous sexual assault allegations that would have drastically changed the terms of the settlement.

Nov 22, 2018

Between Friday, November 16 and Friday, November 23, Loretta Merritt was interviewed extensively by various radio and television news media regarding the situation at St. Michael’s College School

Between Friday, November 16 and Friday, November 23, 2018, Loretta Merritt was interviewed extensively by various radio and television news media regarding the situation at St. Michael’s College School including: CBC News Network (with Suhan...

Nov 19, 2018

Loretta Merritt was interviewed on CBC Radio regarding the ongoing allegations of assualt at St.Michaels College

St. Michael's College School continues to deal with ongoing allegations of sexual assault, as the private boys' school alerts police to a third incident. Loretta Merritt is the parent of a St. Michael's student. She's also a lawyer who has worked ...

Nov 19, 2018

Loretta Merritt interviewed by CTV about sexual assaults at resorts

Alicia Pickering sits on a kitchen barstool next to her 18-year-old daughter, Lauryn. As they are getting settled and ready for our interview, I think about the questions I'll be asking in front of our cameras. It fills me with dread. I want to sh...

Oct 29, 2018

Loretta Merritt is quoted in the Law Times about opting out of class actions

The opportunity to opt out of a class action is offered in all Ontario class-action proceedings, but lawyers say there are some fact situations in which pursuing individual claims makes more sense than being part of a class.

Sep 27, 2018

Loretta Merritt speaks to CBC News and The London Free Press on the London Diocese sexual abuse case settlements

Irene Deschenes reported being sexually abused by Father Charles Sylvestre in 1994 and later settled a civil suit. Now, Deschenes is going to court to reopen her settlement because she claims it was based on misinformation.  Survivor of Catho...

Aug 21, 2018

Loretta Merritt featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2019

Loretta Merritt was recently selected as a leader in Personal Injury Litigation, as published in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada©.

Jun 29, 2018

Loretta Merrit speaks to the Toronto Star about 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 interviewed by CBC about sexual assaults 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 is quoted in 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 speaks to CBC News 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.