Feb 11, 2021
Irene Deschene was sexually abused as a child by priest Charles Sylvester of the Diocese of London in Ontario.
Jan 07, 2021
Torkin Manes' lawyer, Loretta P. Merritt and Sabrina Lombardi of McKenzie Lake Lawyers', precedent-setting win in the landmark Grenville Christian College class-action suit was featured in Toronto Life magazine. It is the first-ever common issues trial in Canada in a class action for historical abuse.
Nov 27, 2020
Lawyer Loretta Merritt has been involved with cases against Scouts Canada for decades, including one ongoing civil case involving Sullivan. She says Scouts Canada should alert people in Newfoundland and Labrador about Sullivan's past.
Sep 17, 2020
Loretta Merritt was quoted in several publications regarding her client, Irene Deschenes' decades-long legal battle. Deschenes was sexually abused by a priest as a child.
Sep 11, 2020
Loretta Merritt will be speaking at the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association fall conference on October 23, 2020. She will be presenting "Sexual Abuse: Developing a Claim for Vicarious Liability" with Claire Wilkinson of Martin & Hillyer Associates.
Sep 04, 2020
Loretta Merritt was recently a guest on The Happy Lawyer Podcast with host, Catherine Shearer. Loretta shares the wisdom she has gained over her 33 year career at Torkin Manes.
Aug 06, 2020
Loretta P. Merritt was interviewed by Orillia Matters regarding Attorney General Doug Downey’s new omnibus bill which introduces more stringent rules, making it difficult to sue institutions through class-actions.
Aug 04, 2020
Loretta P. Merritt spoke to Collingwood Today on abuse victims from the Huronia Regional Centre struggling with the class-action process and outcome.
Jul 06, 2020
Loretta Merritt to speak at Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Webinar on Practical Considerations for Representing Plaintiffs in Sexual Abuse Cases.
May 21, 2020
An Ontario appeals court has dismissed a bid by the Diocese of London to fight a lower court's decision to throw out a settlement involving a victim of child sexual abuse.
Apr 13, 2020
Gordon Stuckless responsible for sexually assaulting more than 40 boys over decades at Maple Leaf Gardens has died. Torkin Manes' Personal Injury lawyer, Loretta P. Merritt has represented dozens of people who were sexually abused as children at the Maple Leaf Gardens.
Feb 28, 2020
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 Indigenous women who have been the victims of abuse. Indigenous women experience abuse at significantly greater rates than other women in the province and are forced to flee their homes to escape abuse without proper winter clothing to keep them warm.
Feb 28, 2020
Torkin Manes' Personal Injury lawyer, Loretta P. Merritt, and Sabrina Lombardi of McKenzie Lake Lawyers, win the landmark Grenville Christian College class-action suit. It is the first common issues trial in a class action for historical abuse.
Jan 16, 2020
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 city.
Sep 23, 2019
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. Known as the trilogy, three cases from the late 1970s – Andrews v. Grand and Toy Alberta...
Sep 18, 2019
Lawsuit says Grenville Christian College near Brockville didn't look after students
Sep 12, 2019
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 were subjected to psychological abuse designed to erode their sense of safety. The certified cla...
Jun 04, 2019
Mediation and other less adversarial methods continue to be the best ways to respond to allegations of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and sexual abuse, say lawyers.
Apr 17, 2019
A former local fire chief is likely facing some jail time after being convicted of sex-related offences. Former Kingsville Fire Chief Robert Kissner was found guilty of five counts of sexual assault and four counts of sexual exploitation, in a jud...
Mar 25, 2019
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 children’s aid society. The statement by Toronto lawyer Gary McCallum is contained in a July 2018 ...