A jury ruled in favor of Gibson’s Bakery over the weekend; awarding the local business more than $44 million in damages after a Oberlin College organized a boycott against the store following the 2016 presidential election.
“The Lorain County jury overseeing the trial between Gibson’s Bakery and Oberlin College and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo has ruled in the bakery’s favor, announcing $11 million in compensatory damages last Friday and an additional $33.2 million in punitive damages yesterday. Of the total $44.2 million, it is possible that the assigned punitive damages will be reduced to $22 million because of an Ohio state law that caps punitive damages at twice the amount of compensatory damages,” reports the Oberlin Review.
Oberlin administrators and professors called for the boycott after three black students were arrested on the premises; accusing the bakery of “racial profiling.”
Following the arrest, students organized a 12-hour protest outside Gibson’s Bakery.
Court documents now reveal the students were attempting to shoplift and physically assaulted an employee.
Justice done in Gibsons bakery case https://t.co/b7FhB8j0Vc
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) June 8, 2019
“The jury found the College … guilty of libel, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and improper interference in the business relationship between Gibson’s and Bon Appétit, Oberlin’s food management company,” adds the Review.
“Colleges cannot be held liable for the independent actions of their students,” said the school’s Vice President. “Institutions of higher education are obligated to protect freedom of speech on their campuses and respect their students’ decision to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Oberlin College acted in accordance with these obligations.”
Read the full report here.