Should I Sue?

As the statistics show, very few cases of sexual assault are reported to the police. Whether or not criminal charges have been brought against the abuser, a survivor of sexual assault is entitled to sue their attacker and anyone who may have been in a position to stop or prevent the abuse. Many survivors find that bringing a civil lawsuit forms part of a constructive healing process. They find it empowering; it allows them to take control over their future. It can be a means to obtain funds for therapy, education, or other improvements in their lives.

Unlike criminal proceedings, where a survivor is merely a witness for the crown and has no control over the process, in a civil case the survivor/plaintiff has a great deal of control over how the case is conducted. It is important to seek legal advice from a lawyer who has experience with such cases.

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October 2022

Article

The Problem with Class Actions for Historical Sexual Abuse Cases

Loretta P. Merritt

August 2022

Presentation

Confidentiality Agreements

Aug 2022 OTLA webinar 

Loretta P. Merritt

May 2022

Presentation

Sexual Assault Proceedings

John Howard Society Learning Session 

Loretta P. Merritt

May 2022

Presentation

Criminal and Civil Legal Proceedings

Abuse Hurts Hope Conference Series: LEARN

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May 2022

Article

The New Tort of Family Violence

Money & Family Law Publication

Loretta P. Merritt

January 2022

Article

NDAs and Gag Orders in Sexual Misconduct Cases

Loretta P. Merritt

December 2021

Presentation

Ontario Trial Lawyers – Women Lawyers Roundtable: Effective Business Development

November 2021

Presentation

The Psychologist as Expert Witness: Report Writing and Testifying

Ontario Psychological Association’s 74th Annual Conference

Loretta P. Merritt

November 2021

Article

Institutional Response to Disclosure of Sexual Abuse

Loretta P. Merritt

August 2021

Article

Privacy in Civil Sexual Assault Cases

Loretta P. Merritt

June 2021

Article

Summary of Ontario Class Actions for Historical Abuse

Loretta P. Merritt

May 2021

Presentation

Practicing in the Pandemic: The New Normal

OTLA Spring Conference

Loretta P. Merritt

April 2021

Presentation

Making the Most of Expert Evidence

OTLA Webinar

Loretta P. Merritt

March 2021

Article

Economic Losses in Civil Sexual Assault Cases

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Loretta P. Merritt

February 2021

Presentation

Civil Sexual Assault: Critical and Emerging Issues

Osgoode Professional Development

Loretta P. Merritt

February 2021

Presentation

Mentoring

Torkin Manes

Loretta P. Merritt

February 2021

Presentation

Compensation and Financial Management

Torkin Manes - Justicia Committee

Loretta P. Merritt

January 2021

Presentation

Imposter Syndrome

Torkin Manes - Justicia Committee

Loretta P. Merritt

December 2020

Presentation

Financial Management of Your Practice

Torkin Manes

Loretta P. Merritt

December 2020

Article

Publication Bans: Do They Help or Hurt Abuse Survivors?

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Loretta P. Merritt

December 2020

Presentation

Litigating Class Actions Claims Amidst Profound Change

12th Annual Class Actions Colloquium presented by the Canadian Bar Association

Loretta P. Merritt

October 2020

Presentation

Sexual Abuse: Developing a Claim for Vicarious Liability

OTLA 2020 Fall Conference

Loretta P. Merritt

July 2020

Presentation

Civil Sexual Assault - Practical Considerations - Civil litigation and other options beyond criminal charges

OTLA Webinar

Loretta P. Merritt

July 2020

Article

School Board Liability for Sexual Assaults by Teacher

Torkin Manes LegalPoint

Loretta P. Merritt

May 2020

Presentation

Girao v. Cunningham: Latest Word on Trial Evidence by the Ontario Court of Appeal

Torkin Manes

Loretta P. Merritt

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

by Melissa Partland | Nov 01, 2021
The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on October 26, 2021, confirming the common issues trial judgement.

The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on October 26, 2021, confirming the common issues trial judgement. The Honourable Justice van Rensburg, writing the decision for the Ontario Court of Appeal, confirmed the trial judge’s finding that Grenville Christian College was systemically negligent in its operation, and its practices breached the standards of the day and were harmful to students. 

Congratulations to counsel Loretta Merritt and Sabrina Lombardi, as well as all of the class members who suffered abuse at the school.

For full details, visit The Grenville Christian College Class Proceeding webpage.

For more information, please visit the Law Times website.

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

by Melissa Partland | Nov 01, 2021
The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on October 26, 2021, confirming the common issues trial judgement.

The Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision on October 26, 2021, confirming the common issues trial judgement. The Honourable Justice van Rensburg, writing the decision for the Ontario Court of Appeal, confirmed the trial judge’s finding that Grenville Christian College was systemically negligent in its operation, and its practices breached the standards of the day and were harmful to students. 

Congratulations to counsel Loretta Merritt and Sabrina Lombardi, as well as all of the class members who suffered abuse at the school.

For full details, visit The Grenville Christian College Class Proceeding webpage.

For more information, please visit the Law Times website.