Gibson Bakery Wins $33 Million Jury Award from Oberlin College For Racist Hoax and Leftist Smear Campaign

Ohio: Gibson’s Bakery was accused of racial profiling in 2016 after three black male Oberlin students assaulted the shopkeeper and were arrested for attempting to steal wine. The men pleaded guilty to attempted theft, aggravated trespassing, and admitted that the store had no racist intentions in their plea deal. The bakery was subject to Black Lives Matter protests, student boycotts,  and demonstrations that were encouraged by faculty who suspended classes and helped to distribute flyers accusing the bakery of racism. Last week, the jury awarded $11.2 million in damages to Gibson’s Bakery, and on Thursday the jury awarded the plaintiffs an additional $22 million in punitive damages, which is the maximum allowed. Gibson’s attorney said that this case is a tipping point that will affect the policies of all colleges.

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

MY STATEMENT about the verdict:

“Oberlin College tried to sacrifice a beloved
5th-generation bakery, its owners, and its employees, at the altar of
political correctness in order to appease the campus ‘social justice
warfare’ mob. The jury sent a clear message that the truth matters, and
so do the reputations and lives of people targeted by false accusations,
particularly when those false accusations are spread by powerful
institutions. Throughout the trial the Oberlin College defense was
tone-deaf and demeaning towards the bakery and its owners, calling the
bakery nearly worthless. The jury sent a message that all lives matter,
including the lives of ordinary working people who did nothing wrong
other than stop people from stealing.”


David Gibson reacted:

I appreciate from the jury that they took care of this Goliath. That took a lot of guts on their part. They made it so that we have a chance and an opportunity to keep the lights on. [overcome with emotion] Gives us an opportunity to keep the lights on for another generation.”

The Gibson family was visibly shocked by the amount, as most in the
courtroom were thinking the jury’s final punitive damages verdict in the
case might top out at maybe $10 million. The fact that it was triple
that amount means in many ways that perhaps the jury understood that the
whole country was watching.

“We never wanted any of this to go to court and have to spend all
this time in litigation,” David Gibson said exclusively to the Legal
Insurrection. David Gibson is the lead plaintiff in the case and is the
principal owner of the business.

“People have no idea on how much stress this has had on our family
and business for almost three years. But from the beginning, we just
didn’t understand why they were punishing us for something we had
nothing to do with.”

“We appreciate that the jury understood what we had gone through, and
I think they were saying to the entire country that we can’t allow this
to happen to hard-working, small business people whose lives are
defined by their business, their family, and their community,” he said.”
What the college was doing was trying to take away all those things
from us, and we fought hard against that.”

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