Almost a week ago, a jury found Oberlin college liable for their actions taken against a local establishment named “Gibson Bro. Bakery.” This was related to false claims of racial discrimination and consistent, coordinated attacks by Oberlin and its students against the business.
RedState writer Sarah Lee did a piece on it and here’s some of the story.
Oberlin College just lost a lawsuit against a small bakery named Gibson Bros. Bakery, a family-owned small business that had survived the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the social upheaval of the 1960s only to be nearly put out of business by the social justice warriorism of 2019.
The Gibson Bros. Bakery and owners — three generations of Gibsons who have owned and operated the store since the late 1880s — were awarded $11 million Friday, which could double next week once punitive damages are awarded. They were targeted by Oberlin College as racist for simply stopping shoplifters from stealing. There were protests and boycotts led by Oberlin students that culminated in a two and half year legal ordeal for the family. The Gibsons had to lay off nearly a dozen employees and couldn’t pay themselves while the trial wore on.
Oberlin’s week just got a lot worse as the punitive damages portion of the decision has just been rendered.
Legal Insurrection has the news.
The jury just rendered its verdict on punitive damages in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case.
Daniel McGraw, our reporter in the courtroom, reports that in addition to the $11.2 million compensatory damages awarded last Friday, the jury awarded a total of $33 million in punitive damages, which will probably be reduced by the court to $22 million because of the state law cap at twice compensatory (it’s not an absolute cap, but probably will apply here). That brings the total damages to $33 million. We will have the breakdown soon. The jury also awarded attorney’s fees, to be determined by the judge.
Perhaps this will deter universities from kowtowing to angry mobs such as #blacklivesmatter and other activist groups?
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