Dec 07, 2018

Loretta Merritt comments on 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...

Sep 27, 2018

Loretta Merritt comments 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 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 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 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 14, 2017

Loretta Merritt writes an OP ED about why class actions are not always best in sexual abuse cases

Click here to read the full article.  

Dec 12, 2017

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

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/11/class-action-suit-launched-against-ontario-over-alleged-abuse-in-training-schools.html

Dec 12, 2017

Loretta Merritt has 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.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/08/they-say-they-suffered-cruel-and-sadistic-abuse-as-kids-at-ontario-training-schools-and-the-province-paid-them-to-keep-quiet.html

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.

Sep 11, 2017

Loretta Merritt to represent Toronto woman who alleges sexual assault by an employee at a Dominican RUI resort

A Toronto woman is the 4th woman to come forward alleging she was sexually assaulted by an employee at a RUI resort in the Dominican Republic.

Aug 23, 2017

Loretta Merritt is representing the family of Kody Smart in a lawsuit against the Niagara CAS

The family of deceased baby Kody Smart has launched a lawsuit against Niagara Region Children’s Aid Society after it gave custody of the child to his grandfather — convicted child abuser Brian Matthews

Aug 22, 2017

Loretta Merritt featured in The Best Lawyers in Canada© 2018

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