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Privacy in Civil Sexual Assault Cases

Loretta P. Merritt Privacy is often, but not always, a concern to plaintiffs in civil sexual assault cases. This article will discuss keeping the plaintiff’s identity co...
Aug 13, 2021

Practicing in the Pandemic: The New Normal

Loretta P. Merritt OTLA Spring Conference OTLA Spring Conference
May 14, 2021

Economic Losses in Civil Sexual Assault Cases

Loretta P. Merritt Scientific studies have shown that individuals first exposed to criminal victimization as children or in adolescence have significantly lower life-cou...
Mar 3, 2021
Feb 18, 2021
Feb 9, 2021

Publication Bans: Do They Help or Hurt Abuse Survivors?

Loretta P. Merritt There are some interesting legal issues that arise for sexual abuse survivors when there are related criminal and civil proceedings. Most times, when ...
Dec 10, 2020

12th Annual Class Actions Colloquium: Litigating Class Actions Claims Amidst Profound Change

Loretta P. Merritt Loretta Merritt spoke on the panel discussion about Class Action Claims, Mass Torts and Opt Out Litigation during the 12th Annual Class Actions Colloq...
Dec 2, 2020

Sexual Abuse: Developing a Claim for Vicarious Liability

Loretta P. Merritt Ontario Trial Lawyers Association 2020 Fall Conference Loretta Merritt spoke at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association fall conference on October 23, 2020. She presented "Sexual Abuse: Developing a Claim fo...
Oct 23, 2020
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School Board Liability for Sexual Assaults by Teacher

Loretta P. Merritt An Ontario judge has found a school board vicariously liable for historical sexual abuse of a student by her teacher. This is an important decision as...
Jul 14, 2020
May 21, 2020

The problems with class actions for historical sexual abuse cases

Loretta P. Merritt The Lawyer's Daily The certification of historical institutional abuse cases as class actions began with the Rumley v. British Columbia 2001 SCC 69 in British Columbia. ...
Apr 23, 2020
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Busting Sexual Assault Myths (Still)

Loretta P. Merritt It’s been a long time since R. v. Seaboyer was released in 1991 but the myths just keep on coming up in sexual assault cases. In three recent decision...
Dec 3, 2019
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Nude Video Chats Are Voyeurism

Loretta P. Merritt Torkin Manes LegalPoint In a recent criminal case two people were involved in a long distance romantic relationship and they engaged in intimate webcam video chat. Both peopl...
May 30, 2019

What Does #MeToo Mean for Lawyers?

Loretta P. Merritt The Litigator, March 2019 It has been over a year since the infamous tweet encouraged people to come forward and share their experiences of sexual harassment. This tweet ultima...
Apr 1, 2019

Credibility and Memory Issues in Sexual Assault Cases

Loretta P. Merritt Co-Chair - Sexual Misconduct in the #Metoo Era, Osgoode Hall Law School/York University Loretta Merritt spoke at Osgoode's Professional Development Legal Guide to Sexual Misconduct in the #MeToo Era on February 7, 2019 in Toronto. In the ...
Feb 7, 2019
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Ontario Government Auto Insurance Reform

Loretta P. Merritt Torkin Manes LegalPoint On January 9, 2019 the Ontario Government issued a news release announcing that it is seeking input on how to make auto insurance more affordable. The...
Jan 14, 2019
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The Problem with Class Actions for Historical Sexual Abuse Cases

Loretta P. Merritt Class Proceedings In Ontario, class actions are governed by the Class Proceedings Act[1], (the “CPA”). Class actions allow an individual t...
Oct 22, 2018

OTLA 2018 Fall Conference - The Prudent Parent: Holding School Boards Liable

Loretta P. Merritt OTLA 2018 Fall Conference - The Prudent Parent: Holding School Boards Liable
Oct 19, 2018

Pursuing Compensation for Victims of Crime: Civil Lawsuits

Loretta P. Merritt Tackling Sexual Violence, Toronto Police Service, Sex Crimes Unit, 14th Sex Crimes Conference
Mar 26, 2018
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When Should the Survivor of a Sexual Assault Seek the Advice of a Civil Lawyer?

Loretta P. Merritt Sexual assault is a traumatic event; one that can strip away one’s trust in the legal system. If the system was not there to protect the survivo...
Mar 21, 2018
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