**Update June 13** The jury awarded an additional $33 million in punitive damages. However, that amount will probably be capped at $22 million under Ohio state law. That would bring the Gibson family’s total damage award to $33 million.
An Ohio jury slapped Oberlin College with an $11.2 million verdict after the family-owned Gibson’s Bakery sued the left-wing college for defamation when three black college students were arrested for shoplifting.
Punitive damages could swell to $33 million
The damages that the jury awarded were compensatory. The punitive damages phase starts next week and could triple the amount that Oberlin will be forced to pay to $33 million, Legal Insurrection reported.
As BizPac Review reported, the brouhaha erupted in 2016 — the day after Donald Trump was elected president.
Here’s what happened: In November 2016, three black students were caught trying to steal bottles of wine from Gibson’s Bakery. Police arrested the youth for attempted theft, as well as for punching and kicking Allyn Gibson, who is the son of the bakery’s owner, David Gibson.
(Source: Fox News)
Students admitted in court that they were not racially profiled
After their arrest, the students claimed that they were the victims of racism. Oberlin College — which is extremely left-wing — sided with the three black students.
Because of the institutional backing of the school, Oberlin College students launched mass protests in front of the tiny family-owned bakery. Oberlin’s Student Senate even published a resolution accusing Gibson of having “a history of racial profiling and discriminatory treatment.”
In 2017, the three black students pleaded guilty to attempted theft. In court, they admitted that they were not racially profiled.
However, in Oberlin College’s zeal to act as deranged social justice warriors, they got sued for fomenting mass public outrage against Gibson’s Bakery.
Bakery forced to lay off almost all its workers due to boycotts
As a result of the protests and the false accusations of racism, the bakery had to lay off almost all of its employees, and the owners were pushed to the brink of bankruptcy. Gibson’s Bakery is a small, family-owned business that has been around since the 1800s.
Owen Rarric, an attorney for the Gibsons, said Oberlin deserved to be smacked down by the jury.
“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,” Rarric said. “And the jury said, ‘We aren’t going to tolerate that in our community anymore.”
Cornell Law School professor William Jacobson, who runs the website Legal Insurrection, says justice prevailed in this instance.
“The verdict sends a strong message that [leftist] colleges and universities cannot simply wind up and set loose student social justice warriors and then wash their hands of the consequences,” Jacobson said.
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