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Firm News

Torkin Manes partners with #JLFToronto2019 to bring internationally acclaimed authors to the stage

JLF Toronto Torkin Manes is proud to be a Festival Partner for #JLFToronto2019 held September 27-29 in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. Uniting inter...
Sep 30, 2019
In the News

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

Loretta P. Merritt Law Times 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. Kn...
Sep 23, 2019

Torkin Manes named Regional Law Firm of the Year at the 2019 Chambers Canada Awards

Chambers and Partners Torkin Manes is proud to announce that our firm has been recognized as the Regional Law Firm of the Year by Chambers and Partners at the 201...
Sep 17, 2019
In the News

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

Loretta P. Merritt CBC News The late headmasters of a now-defunct Christian boarding school controlled every aspect of children's lives in order to break their spirits, a lawyer ...
Sep 16, 2019
In the News

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

Loretta P. Merritt Globe & Mail 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...
Sep 12, 2019
Firm News

Torkin Manes shortlisted by Chambers Canada for the 2019 Regional Law Firm of the Year Award

Chambers Canada Torkin Manes is honoured to be shortlisted by Chambers & Partners in the category of Regional Law Firm of the Year for the 2019 Chambers Canada Aw...
Aug 22, 2019
In the News

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

Loretta P. Merritt Law Times Loretta Merritt, a lawyer with Torkin Manes LLP in Toronto, says mediations offer an optimal situation for defendants to apologize. "It's a really pos...
Jun 4, 2019
In the News

Loretta Merritt interviewed by CTV's Your Morning and 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

Loretta P. Merritt CTV's Your Morning, The Toronto Star 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 childre...
Mar 25, 2019
In the News

Torkin Manes recognized as the #1 ranked Ontario regional law firm by Canadian Lawyer

Canadian Lawyer We thank our clients, colleagues and peers for recognizing us with this distinguished honour.
Mar 4, 2019
In the News

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

Loretta P. Merritt "Loretta Merritt of Torkin Manes LLP says that distinction around injuries is an important one and can make class actions inappropriate for some circu...
Oct 29, 2018
In the News

Loretta Merrit comments on the London diocese sexual abuse case settlements

Loretta P. Merritt A decade-long court battle between the Roman Catholic Diocese of London and its insurance company has disclosed $15 million in largely secret settleme...
Jul 26, 2018
In the News

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

Loretta P. Merritt A Toronto-area woman says she is going public to warn travellers, after a security guard at a Dominican Republic resort raped her and the hotel "did n...
Jun 21, 2018

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

Loretta P. Merritt OTLA champions and advocates for the rights of those who have suffered injury and loss through the wrongdoing of others.
May 1, 2018

Loretta Merritt honoured with the OTLA John A. McLeish Award

Loretta P. Merritt 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...
Apr 26, 2018

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

Loretta P. Merritt 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 conduct...
Jan 5, 2018

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

Loretta P. Merritt Class actions are not always best — individual lawsuits may be better. Get advice about opting out.
Dec 19, 2017

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

Loretta P. Merritt 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 legitim...
Dec 15, 2017

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

Loretta P. Merritt 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 fe...
Dec 12, 2017

Loretta Merritt had done over 150 cases of abuse in the Ontario Training Schools

Loretta P. Merritt The Toronto Star Loretta Merritt has represented dozens of former training school residents. She says shame and the fear of not being believed make many abuse victims ...
Dec 12, 2017

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

Loretta P. Merritt While there are certainly advantages to pursuing historical sexual abuse claims by way of a class action, there are also distinct disadvantages.
Nov 20, 2017

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

Loretta P. Merritt Loretta Merritt interviewed by CBC and Zoomer Radio regarding sexual assault case involving three Toronto police officers
Aug 10, 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

Loretta P. Merritt 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 f...
Jul 27, 2017
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