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

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Dec 12, 2017

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


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.


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©.

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.

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 29, 2017

Loretta Merritt recommended by The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

Loretta Merritt was recommended in the field of Personal Injury by The 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

May 19, 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&...

Nov 29, 2016

Doctors acquitted of gang sex assault face discipline hearing

Loretta Merritt was recently interviewed on the advantages and disadvantages of having a case heard in criminal court or before a discipline committee.