Oberlin Defamation Case Jury Awards Bakery $33 Million in Punitive Damages

Gibsons Bakery on the Oberlin campus
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The jury in the Oberlin College defamation case has awarded Gibson’s Bakery an additional $33 million in punitive damages. The additional damages bring the total award to $44 million.

According to a local news report, a jury in Lorain County has awarded Gibson’s Bakery $33.2 million in punitive damages. The jury had already awarded the bakery $11 million in compensatory damages. The punitive damages will bring the total award to over $44 million.

In November 2016, three black Oberlin students were arrested for “punching and kicking the white shopkeeper” of Gibson’s Bakery during an alleged attempt to steal wine. In the aftermath of the incident, faculty and administrators at Oberlin College participated in a disinformation campaign against the bakery. Demonstrations were held on campus and the college provided their support, offering food and drinks to those who were willing to participate. These protests took place despite the fact that the students charged in the shoplifting and assault incident pled guilty, even admitting in their plea agreement that race played no role in the altercation that took place in the store.

Punitive damages in Ohio are limited to twice the amount of the compensatory damages, so it is likely that the award amount will be revised. However, many are saying that this decision is a victory for those who have tired of the tyranny of the social justice mob.

Breitbart News has reported previously on the altercation between Gibson’s Bakery and Oberlin College. In 2018, Oberlin College filed a subpoena against the blog Legal Insurrection in order to silence their criticisms of the college’s role in smearing Gibson’s Bakery.

Stay tuned to Breitbart News for more updates on this story.


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