Jan 24, 2022

School of Secrets: New Revelations from Inside the Cult

The CBC’s Fifth Estate has done a second program “School of Secrets” on our Grenville Christian College case.

Jan 20, 2022

Ontario Provincial Police reviewing previous investigation into Grenville Christian College

As a result of Loretta’s successful trial against Grenville Christian College and the Fifth Estate’s investigative program, the Ontario Provincial Police are now reviewing their previous investigation into Grenville Christian College.

Nov 12, 2021

School of secrets

The CBC recently did a story about the Grenville Christian College case that Loretta co-counseled with Sabrina Lombardi. This is a precedent setting case: it is the first abuse case to go to a common issues trial in a class action and the first systemic negligence case to go to trial.

Nov 03, 2021

Loretta Merritt is representing the plaintiffs in the Camp Wahanowin sexual abuse case

Loretta Merritt is representing the plaintiffs in the Camp Wahanowin sexual abuse case.

Nov 01, 2021

Systemic Negligence verdict upheld – School’s appeal of common issues trial judgment denied

The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on October 26, 2021, confirming the common issues trial judgement.

Nov 01, 2021

Loretta P. Merritt quoted by The New York Times on the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal

Loretta P. Merritt was quoted by The New York Times on the Chicago Blackhawks sexual assault scandal.

Oct 28, 2021

Loretta P. Merritt featured in the November issue of the Canadian Privacy Law Review

Loretta P. Merritt's recent article titled, "Privacy in Civil Sexual Assault Cases" was featured in the November issue of the Canadian Privacy Law Review.

Oct 18, 2021

In Memoriam: Stavroula Kapetantsi-Cunha

Stav. Wife. Mother. Sister. Friend. Colleague. And so much more. As my assistant and dear friend, I had the priviledge of working with this inspiring woman for the past 30 years. Stav was an amazing friend to everyone she knew, and always saw the good in people, a remarkable quality so few truly possess.

Sep 27, 2021

Loretta Merritt appears in new CBC documentary

Loretta Merritt appears in a new documentary called Born Bad, from CBC Docs POV.

May 12, 2021

Loretta Merritt’s Grenville Christian College case appeal heard May 4, 2021

Loretta Merritt’s Grenville Christian College case appeal heard May 4, 2021. She was quoted by CBC News on the case.

Mar 22, 2021

Loretta Merritt appears on CTV W5

Loretta Merritt was interviewed by Investigative Correspondent, Molly Thomas, on CTV W5 regarding whether class-action lawsuits work well in historic abuse cases.

Feb 11, 2021

Supreme Court of Canada denies leave to appeal in Loretta Merritt’s precedent setting Court of Appeal case

Irene Deschene was sexually abused as a child by priest Charles Sylvester of the Diocese of London in Ontario.

Jan 07, 2021

Precedent setting win in Grenville Christian College class-action suit is featured in Toronto Life

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

Loretta Merritt speaks to the CBC on convicted sex offender Donald Sullivan

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 quoted in several publications on Roman Catholic diocese appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada

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 2020 Fall Conference

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 a guest on The Happy Lawyer Podcast

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 interviewed about new rules for institutional abuse cases

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 struggling with the class-action process and outcome

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 July 16

Loretta Merritt to speak at Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Webinar on Practical Considerations for Representing Plaintiffs in Sexual Abuse Cases.