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Oberlin College in the news again:

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/20 ... bucks.html

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June 8, 2019

Catering to the PC mob is going to cost Oberlin College big bucks

By Thomas Lifson

Oberlin College, which has become one of the most politically correct campuses in the United States, has just discovered that allowing and encouraging social justice warriors to damage their perceived enemies can be expensive. A local jury has just awarded Gibson's Bakery, a five-generation institution in Oberlin, Ohio, $11 million in its lawsuit against the college for throwing its support behind a student-led boycott over false charges of racism. This amount could triple to $33 million if punitive damages — intended to punish and disincentivize egregious behavior — are awarded in proceedings Tuesday next week.


Legal Insurrection has done a stand-out job in covering the case — by far the best in the nation. Its report on the jury verdict is also outstanding.

In brief, the case arose from this incident, as described by Emily Bamforth of Cleveland.com:

Three black Oberlin students were arrested after one tried to use a fake ID and shoplifted from Gibson's in 2016, according to the Chronicle-Telegram, which extensively covered the case. Allyn Gibson, the white son of the bakery's owner, followed the students out of the store and got into a physical altercation with them.

After the students were arrested, student protests erupted, claiming that the robbery charge and physical conflict were racially motivated. Protestors urged patrons to shop elsewhere.

The protests became so large that Oberlin's police chief testified that he was considering pulling in the county's riot team, according to the Chronicle-Telegram. The divide was covered by national media outlets, including the Associated Press and CBS.

The students pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in August 2017, reading statements into the record that Gibson was within his rights to detain the robber and that the conflict was not racially motivated.


Oberlin College's liability arose because its dean of students, Meredith Raimundo, threw in with the protesters and the college ordered its dining services provider to stop buying from Gibson's. William Jacobson writes on Legal Insurrection:

Meredith Raimondo was held liable on the libel and interference with business relations, but not intentional infliction of emotional distress. By stipulation, the college is responsible for any amounts awarded against her, so she will not pay anything out of pocket (snip)

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. In this case, a wholly innocent 5th-generation bakery was falsely accused of being racist and having a history [of] racial profiling after stopping three black Oberlin College students from shoplifting. The students eventually pleaded guilty, but not before large protests and boycotts intended to destroy the bakery and defame the owners. The jury appears to have accepted that Oberlin College facilitated the wrongful conduct against the bakery.

The bigger picture is like many others on the academic left, Oberlin behaved with incredible arrogance toward the locals — hardly a new phenomenon, as the venerable expression "town-gown conflict" reveals. But with the advent of P.C. domination, an added dimension has been added. Jacobson earlier wrote:

I'm still shaking my head at the tone-deafness of the defense in belittling this family business which has sustained five generations of Gibsons, and at the time of the protests sustained three generations: 90-year-old Allyn W. Gibson, his son David Gibson, and his grandson Allyn D. Gibson. There also were almost a dozen employees. After the protests, the Gibsons stopped taking salaries and most of the employees have been laid off. This is real life to these people. To say that the business was worth only $35,000 erases the lives of these people. Maybe it's just the plaintiff's lawyer in me coming out, but I'd cross examine this defense expert and college president, and show in closing argument, the tuition, room and board charges at Oberlin College. This business, which has been an important feature of the community since 1885, is worth less than one semester at Oberlin College?

He also wrote about the larger acute divide of higher education from the society that supports it:

First, from the start of this case I have questioned the aggressive and demeaning attacks on the Gibsons as a defense strategy. There is no evidence that the Gibsons did anything wrong, unless you consider stopping people from stealing something wrong. That lawful act of protecting one's property nonetheless has devastated a 5-generation business because of Oberlin College racial politics. Gibson's Bakery survived two World Wars, the Depression, the turmoil of the 1960s, and the so-called Great Recession, but it may not survive Oberlin College's social justice warriors and their faculty and administrative enablers. If the jury understands this, the other pieces of the case fall into line, factually and legally.

Second, I never cease to be amazed at the arrogance of the college community as reflected in the defense that Gibson's Bakery was close to worthless. It's the arrogance of the credentialed. A business that is in its 5th generation, and that currently supports three of those generations, is something of value. A business that employed almost a dozen local employees prior to this incident is something to value. Ultimately the jury will have to put a monetary value on the dramatic drop in business, and the loss of reputation.

Oberlin remains arrogant:

Dear Members of the Oberlin Community:

I am writing to update you on the lawsuit that Gibson Bros., Inc. filed against Oberlin College and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas in November 2017.

Following a trial that spanned almost a full month, the jury found for the plaintiffs earlier today.

We are disappointed with the verdict and regret that the jury did not agree with the clear evidence our team presented.

Neither Oberlin College nor Dean Meredith Raimondo defamed a local business or its owners, and they never endorsed statements made by others. Rather, the College and Dr. Raimondo worked to ensure that students' freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful, and they attempted to help the plaintiffs repair any harm caused by the student protests.

As we have stated, colleges cannot be held liable for the independent actions of their students. 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.

While we are disappointed with the outcome, Oberlin College wishes to thank the members of the jury for their attention and dedication during this lengthy trial. They contributed a great deal of time and effort to this case, and we appreciate their commitment.

Our team will review the jury's verdict and determine how to move forward.

Donica Thomas Varner
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary


I suspect that Oberlin College has a liability insurance policy that will cover its damages. If not, coming up with $11 to $33 million will cause cuts to its budget. It may have about three quarters of a billion dollars in its endowment, but the income from that endowment is committed to spending programs already. And with its reputation of a P.C. hellhole spreading, applications and enrollment have plummeted, and cutbacks are already underway.

Oberlin's trustees need to step up and do a thorough review of the college's administration's handling of this affair, which has seriously damaged the financial and reputational welfare of the institution for which they hold legal and moral responsibility. They should — but probably won't — seek the advice of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a group that helps trustees carry out their intellectual and moral fiduciary responsibilities, instead of defaulting to passivity in the name of "academic freedom."

If Oberlin's insurance carrier gets stuck with the bill, we can expect liability insurance costs to skyrocket not just for Oberlin, but for higher education everywhere. Insurance companies now are on notice that their academic clients can be held responsible for the excesses of social justice warriors whom they coddle.



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More regarding this:

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/20 ... them_.html

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June 8, 2019

Oh-oh! Oberlin College’s insurance company says their policy doesn’t cover the huge verdict against it

By Thomas Lifson

The insurer that covers Oberlin College for liability, Lexington Insurance Company, filed documents with court last month indicating that its umbrella liability policy would not cover costs of any judgment for the plaintiffs. That means that if, after the appeals process has run its course, the plaintiffs move to collect the $11 million a jury just awarded them (plus whatever punitive damages – up to $22 more – are awarded next week), Lexington likely won’t pay and Oberlin would have to sue for reimbursement.

We know this thanks to the research of the Legal Insurrection Foundation, which looked at the court filings, and LI’s founder, William A. Jacobson who explains them. His article, “EXCLUSIVE: Oberlin College insurer likely to reject coverage for Gibson Bakery $11 million verdict,” presents the legal reasoning, and provides excerpts from the court filings of Lexington, providing links to the original.

The likelihood of refusal to cover the verdict was revealed in a May 1, 2019, Motion to Intervene(pdf.)(full embed at bottom of post) filed by Lexington Insurance Company.

The purpose of the motion, according to Lexington, was “for the limited purpose of submitting interrogatories to the jury in order to determine facts at issue in this action that would impact coverage under its policy.”


His examination of the documents reveals the arguments Lexington was looking to support that its policies do not cover the circumstances of the case. While the legally-defined purpose of the filings was narrow, Lexington showed us its argument against paying off.

It must be stipulated that the scenario portrayed above may not play out. There are many twists and turns ahead, and many legal bills yet to be generated.

Professor Jacobson cautions:

There will be post-trial motions to set aside the jury verdict and/or reduce the dollar amounts, and then appeals. So while the Gibson family won a major victory, it is not over.

Whatever the legal outcome, Oberlin has a mess on its hands and its trustees must begin planning for possible need to cough up millions of dollars. It is also in line for more big legal bills at a time of cutbacks. The administrators they hired have screwed up royally by advancing political correctness and caving in to the student SJWs, and the institutional damage is well beyond the pending financial contingency.

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Serves 'em right. An Oberlin Dean was handing out the fucking pamphlets. I wonder if someone with a spine will fire the Dean for costing them $11m :lol:

They should close the bakery and open a gun shop right next to campus called "AR-15's R Us" :lol:

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Oberlin College hit with maximum PUNITIVE DAMAGES (capped at $22 million by law) in Gibson’s Bakery case

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Posted by William A. Jacobson Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 3:23pm
Added to $11 million compensatory damages, brings total to $33 million


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.


The breakdown was:

David Gibson – $17.5 million punitive damages

Allyn W. Gibson — $8.75 million punitive damages

Gibson Bros. Inc. (the Bakery) – $6,973,500 punitive damages

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In closing argument, Gibson’s lawyer Lee Plakas argued:

“Why is the country watching you. Because the country agrees that what happened to the Gibsons should not happen to anyone, but could happen to everyone.”

” Colleges are watching us and you. Because they all know the way colleges are run will be affected, and by your decisions, they will be”


Plakas ended by reading to the jury the poem “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

Defense attorney Rachelle Kuznicki argued:

“We cannot change the past, we can learn from it.”

“This will impact people who had nothing to do with the protest …, it also means less students who are not able to afford a college education will be able to do so.”






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Well, well...maybe the Dean at Oberlin, Meredith Raimondo, should have paused a moment before she helped whip up the students into a frenzy...

I wonder if she will be searching for new employment over the summer?

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She looks a bit distraught! :P

Welcome bitch! Welcome to the front lines of the fucking CULTURE WARS 2019! :twisted:

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Some additional tidbits of interest regarding Oberlin College:
---82.5% of all shoplifting incidents in the city/town of Oberlin were Oberlin College students

College officials claimed that the "chase-and-detain" practice by Gibson's Bakery employees of attempted shoplifters was racially biased.
However police reports showed that there was no such racial bias against shoplifters at that store.
---40 students had been arrested for shoplifting
---32 (80%) of them were white
---6 (15%) of them were African-American
---2 (5%) were Asian
This matched up with the racial/ethnic democgraphics of the community

Oberlin College attempted to get the bakery, as a condition of reinstating them as a vendor, to drop their practice of calling the police when it apprehended shoplifters and instead handle that all through the college.
(I'm sure that the college would have just used this as a way to cover this all up).

Details are more around this at:
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/20 ... theft.html

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If i were on the jury I would vote for a 33 million dollar judgement against her personally...just for being so ugly and wasting my time.

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https://hotair.com/archives/2019/06/28/ ... 5-million/

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Judge Reduces Oberlin Damages To $25 Million

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Posted at 1:21 pm on June 28, 2019

Friday a judge reduced the damages in the Oberlin case to just over $25 million. A reduction was expected because the original award given to Gibson’s bakery exceeded caps on punitive damages put in place as part of a tort reform effort in Ohio. It’s not clear if Oberlin will attempt to appeal the current judgment to further reduce it.

The Chronicle-Telegram recounts a conference call Oberlin’s president held Thursday night with alumni to reassure them the school would be able to pay the judgment. Not only does President Carmen Twillie Ambar not sound apologetic, she seems to be questioning the guilt of the student shoplifter involved in the initial incident:

A black Oberlin College student tried to buy alcohol with a fake ID and shoplifted two bottles of wine from the store in November 2016 before he was chased out of the store by Allyn D. Gibson, who is white and is the son of owner David Gibson.

Outside, Allyn D. Gibson was assaulted by that student and two others who also are black before Oberlin police officers arrived. All three students pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, admitted criminal responsibility, publicly denied the Gibsons are racist and said Allyn D. Gibson was within his rights to chase the shoplifter out of the store…

Despite the students involved in the theft and assault taking responsibility in court, Ambar said she felt the initial incident was “mischaracterized” or not fully explained — “shoplifting or a fake ID, there’s an issue about what happened there,” she said. From the students’ perspective, it was a case of one student running into Tappan Square while being pursued by Allyn D. Gibson, Ambar said.


There’s no reason to doubt the shoplifting in this case. Police body cam video (see below) shows the two bottles on the floor of the store where they were dropped as the student ran out of the store. Police pick them up to take them as evidence. More surprising though is the fact that President Ambar appeared to be saying on the call that Gibson’s does treat people differently based on race:

As for the issue of an apology, Ambar told alumni that “goes to the issue of race.” Without going into specifics, she said members of the college community have had “a variety of experiences with Gibson’s — ranging from “wonderful” to “not wonderful.”

“Those different lived experiences are absoutely true, but they are in conflict with each other,” Ambar told the alumni. “The college didn’t issue an apology because it was hearing these different perspectives and didn’t think it should apologize for issues it didn’t create.”


The president of a school facing a $25 million judgment for aiding student efforts to label Gibson’s Bakery a racist institution is insinuating on a conference call with alumni that Gibson’s is a racist institution. So no lessons learned at Oberlin I guess.




A local news article that was linked in the above story:
http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/20 ... llion.html

It sounds as if the leadership at Oberlin haven't learned a damn thing from all this.

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https://www.breitbart.com/education/201 ... judgement/

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Court: Oberlin College Must Post $36 Million Bond After Refusing to Pay Judgment

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29 Jul 2019

An Ohio judge has ordered Oberlin College to post a $36 million bond after it refused to pay the multi-million judgment to Gibson’s Bakery stemming from the family business’s defamation case against the college.
According to a report by Legal Insurrection, an Ohio judge has ordered Oberlin College to post a $36 million bond in response to its refusal to pay Gibson’s Bakery the multi-million judgment owed from a massive defamation lawsuit.



Gibson’s Bakery sued Oberlin College for their role in a smear campaign against the bakery over a shoplifting incident during which three black Oberlin students assaulted the store’s shopkeeper. The students, who pled guilty to the assault, have acknowledged that race played no role in the altercation.

A jury awarded Gibson’s Bakery $44 million in total damages earlier this year. Now, Oberlin College is refusing to pay. Breitbart News reported in June that Oberlin College was confident that the multi-million dollar jury verdict was “not the final outcome” on the matter, heavily implying that the college will appeal the decision.

Court documents from the trial revealed that Oberlin College is facing financial difficulties. During the trial, attorneys for Oberlin argued that the college has seen a significant drop in enrollment over the past five years. In a report that was presented at trial, Oberlin College officials noted that many private colleges might close due to low enrollment.



To make matters worse for Oberlin, they are currently $190 million in debt. This amount is before the $25 million damages judgment and $6.5 million in attorney’s fees that they must pay as a result of the Gibson’s Bakery trial.

The need for such bond is made clear by the College’s own statements about its dire fmancial straits. If the College is to be believed, there is serious concern about its ability to pay this sizeable judgment three years from now. At trial, and in its recent filing, the College represented that there was only $59.1 million of unrestricted endowment funds available to pay any dollar judgment and that $10 million of those funds had already been committed to pay down the College’s existing debt. There remains $190 million of existing debt on the College’s books. The College has also testified that it has a significant operating deficit and that its deficit situation is not sustainable….


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

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