Who Can I Sue?

A survivor of sexual assault may be able to sue defendants other than the perpetrator. For example, an employer may be found to be liable for the acts of its employees by, for example, failing to investigate earlier complaints or check the perpetrator's references. In some cases, the employer may be automatically liable for the wrongful acts of its employees. The court considers the strength of the link between the opportunity created by the employment and the wrongful act. Our sexual abuse team has successfully sued churches, Children's Aid Societies, teachers and school boards, Big Brothers, Scouts Canada (Boy Scouts), Ontario training schools, and other institutions. Loretta was one of the lead counsel representing survivors from Maple Leaf Gardens and in the Grenville Christian College case.

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January 2021

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Imposter Syndrome

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December 2020

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December 2020

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December 2020

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Litigating Class Actions Claims Amidst Profound Change

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July 2020

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

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July 2020

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School Board Liability for Sexual Assaults by Teacher

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May 2020

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

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May 2020

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Sexual Assault: Credibility and Memory Issues

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April 2020

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The problems with class actions for historical sexual abuse cases

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December 2019

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Busting Sexual Assault Myths (Still)

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May 2019

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Nude Video Chats Are Voyeurism

Loretta P. Merritt

April 2019

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What Does #MeToo Mean for Lawyers?

Loretta P. Merritt

February 2019

Presentation

Credibility and Memory Issues in Sexual Assault Cases

Co-Chair - Sexual Misconduct in the #Metoo Era, Osgoode Hall Law School

Loretta P. Merritt

January 2019

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Ontario Government Auto Insurance Reform

Loretta P. Merritt

October 2018

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Problems with Class Actions for Historical Sexual Abuse Cases

Loretta P. Merritt

October 2018

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The Prudent Parent: Holding School Boards Liable

OTLA 2018 Fall Conference

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March 2018

Presentation

Pursuing Compensation for Victims of Crime: Civil Lawsuits

Office for Victims of Crime

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March 2018

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When Should the Survivor of a Sexual Assault Seek the Advice of a Civil Lawyer?

Loretta P. Merritt

February 2018

Presentation

Current and Emerging Issues in Civil Sexual Assault:Credibility and Memory Issues in Sexual Assault Cases

Osgoode Hall Law School

February 2018

Presentation

Understanding your client and assessing causation in sexual abuse case

OTLA Webinar

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December 2017

Article

Improving the Legal Experience of Sexual Assault Survivors

Loretta P. Merritt

October 2017

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The Problem with Class Actions for Historical Sexual Abuse Cases

Loretta P. Merritt

September 2017

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Appeal of $24K Damages Award Against Assault Complainant

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August 2017

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Ontario Disability Support Program Changes Help Abuse Survivors

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