An Ohio bakery is set to receive $11 million after a court ruled in favor of them from a libel suit filed against Oberlin College.
A jury in Lorain County awarded damages to Gibson’s Bakery, which has been in operation since 1885, after they were protested and called racist by a social justice mob after black students were caught shoplifting at the location a day after President Donald Trump was elected President in 2016.
“The jury saw that Oberlin College went out of their way to harm a good family and longtime business in their community for no real reason, and the jury said we aren’t going to tolerate that in our community anymore,” Owen Rarric, an attorney for the Gibsons, said to Legal Insurrection.
The award could triple during a hearing on punitive damages next Tuesday, and this decision could have ramifications across the country against liberal university administrators who have succumbed to leftist campus mobs.
“The verdict sends a strong message that colleges and universities cannot simply wind up and set loose student social justice warriors and then wash their hands of the consequences,” Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson said.
“The students eventually pleaded guilty, but not before large protests and boycotts intended to destroy the bakery and defame the owners,” Jacobson said. “The jury appears to have accepted that Oberlin College facilitated the wrongful conduct against the bakery.”
The bakery was targeted by social justice warriors in the Oberlin College school senate where it was claimed that Gibson’s had “a long history of racial profiling.” Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo was accused of egging on the abusive behavior by passing out fliers against the bakery.
Oberlin College still refuses to take responsibility for its actions in allowing this business to be targeted.
Oberlin general counsel Donica Thomas Varner said she was “disappointed” with the decision and maintains that the college “worked to ensure that students’ freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful.”
“As we have stated, colleges cannot be held liable for the independent actions of their students,” Varner said.
“Institutions of higher education are obligated to protect freedom of speech on their campuses and respect students’ decisions to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Oberlin College acted in accordance with these obligations,” she added.
But the attorney for Gibson’s is not buying the spin coming from Oberlin personnel desperate to save face after their culture of permitting witch hunts was exposed in embarrassing and costly fashion.
“The College kept saying we don’t control our students,” Rarric said. “But the jury told them we can tolerate some of this fro time to time, but not what you did this time.”
Allyn W. Gibson will receive $3 million from the decision while his son David will receive $5.8 million. Gibson Brothers will receive $2.3 million. This will help them recover from the lost business caused by the senseless actions of the leftist mob.
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