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Loretta Merritt wins landmark Court of Appeal case setting aside an 18 year old settlement

Loretta P. Merritt Loretta Merritt wins landmark Court of Appeal case setting aside an 18 year old settlement.
May 21, 2020
May 12, 2020
In the News

Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuser Gordon Stuckless has died

Loretta P. Merritt Gordon Stuckless responsible for sexually assaulting more than 40 boys over decades at Maple Leaf Gardens has died. Torkin Manes' Personal Injury lawy...
Apr 13, 2020
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Loretta P. Merritt wins precedent setting Grenville Christian College class-action suit

Loretta P. Merritt Torkin Manes' Personal Injury lawyer, Loretta P. Merritt, and Sabrina Lombardi of McKenzie Lake Lawyers, win the landmark Grenville Christian College ...
Feb 28, 2020
Firm News

Torkin Manes partners with Abuse Hurts to hold a winter clothing drive benefiting Indigenous women

Emily Dubis and Loretta P. Merritt On February 26, 2020, Torkin Manes partnered with Abuse Hurts and five other Bay Street law firms to hold a winter clothing drive to benefit Indigenou...
Feb 28, 2020
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Loretta Merritt speaks to CTV News about Gordon Stuckless release

Loretta P. Merritt CTV News Hamilton residents and members of city council are reacting to news that convicted sex offender, Gordon Stuckless, is living in a halfway house in the...
Jan 16, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 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 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
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