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 Gibsons suffered a typical SJW Alpha-strike assault for “racism” after nabbing a couple of scumbag black Oberling students for shoplifting. The persecution campaign, intended from the start to destroy a family-owned bakery in business since 1885, was spearheaded by Oberlin College and its head, an odious, frumpy, disheveled bag of lard yclept Meredith Raimondo. After losing the case, Oberlin immediately began whining that awarding proper damages to the victims of their vicious, relentless persecution would put the school out of business for good, and I hope to God it does just that. It’s like this:
Some of the defenders of Oberlin College have claimed that the Gibsons’ were just in it for punishment on this case, and never tried to settle. That could not be further from the truth. According to Lee Plakas, lead attorney for the Gibsons’, a letter was sent before the case was filed in Nov. of 2017 asking for at least some talks on settlement and no answer was sent back (this reporter has seen it).
In early 2018, according to Plakas, two days of talks with a mediator were done, but nothing close to a settlement was achieved. In fact, the talks were initiated by the Gibson’s and “We were ready, willing and able to not have this case go to trial, but Oberlin College and their insurance company seemed to have no interest in settling this case,” Plakas said.
“As they have done throughout this case, they thought that they were above everyone else, and that the rules and working to settle such an egregious case of defaming a good family like the Gibsons’ was beneath them,” he added.
In his closer, Plakas added another stiff shot of 100-proof truth.
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.
Could…and has, to far too many of us. Letting Oberlin skate would have sent a strong, clear message; this verdict and award does too—the right one.
The above report comes to us from LI’s own William Jacobson, who has done yeoman’s work on this from the start and offered a pretty pungent statement himself:
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.
Can’t win a war without fighting back; thankfully the Gibsons, finding themselves forced into a war they never asked for, didn’t want, and in no way deserved, fought back hard. They gave all of us a big win by doing so. As I always say: when liberal tears are flowing, it’s great news for America. Hearty congrats to the good guys, all of ’em. And to the losers: Learn to code, bitches.