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Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College –
On eve of punitive damages hearing,
college plays victim

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Posted By: Harlowe, 6/11/2019 12:29:27 PM

As you know, last Friday the jury rendered a verdict of $11.2 million against Oberlin College and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo for compensatory damages. (Snip) Something interesting, but not all that surprising, has happened. The ill-advised blast email from the college’s General Counsel criticizing the jurors portrayed the college as the victim, as if the college merely was protecting the free speech of students: (Snip) That was part of the defense previously, so it’s not entirely new, but the blast email made the point in a dramatic way. It’s a theme which is ridiculous

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Professor Jacobson points out the theme is ridiculous on the facts, but plays to the mainstream media, and there may have been a purpose in that action as elucidated by the NY Times about this being a free speech case that threatens the viability of educational institutions and students. That “take” on this case is mistaken because Oberlin College and Meredith Raimondo were not “held liable for the independent actions of their students.” They were held liable for their own conduct.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Smart11344 6/11/2019 12:36:30 PM (No. 95826)
Once again, the media takes the cake.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: cartcart 6/11/2019 1:03:32 PM (No. 95844)
So sad. So very sad. So very, very sad for Oberlin College. I hope they accept this comment as a token of my sincere sympathy as they write out the checks.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/11/2019 2:14:14 PM (No. 95901)
College town. Can't kill the cash cow or Gibson's will go down with it. Settlement will come and should include the immediate dismissal of all administrative and teaching staff that had anything to do with it.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Muncsdad 6/11/2019 2:29:28 PM (No. 95919)
I hope they get trebled damages in punitive proceedings. Take the money and put Leftist Oberlin out of business. Then he Gibson’s can enjoy their lives or move to another college town that would appreciate a quality local business. A conservative college. My alma mater, Auburn University would be a great choice. A wonderful town and a great college too. War Eagle!
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Reply 5 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 6/11/2019 3:01:24 PM (No. 95953)
I hope the jury pounds them so far into the ground they have to look up to tie their shoes.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: tom7 6/11/2019 4:19:22 PM (No. 96022)
It was certainly a brilliant strategy for Oberlin to note that the jury was inexplicably obtuse in "ignoring the very clear evidence" that Oberlin provided them. The "You are so stupid you will probably let us off the hook" really is an unusual approach to jury persuasion.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Harlowe 6/11/2019 5:33:33 PM (No. 96097)
Professor William A. Jacobson UPDATE at 3:20 PM today: “The Court has rejected plaintiffs’ request to use the mass email sent by Oberlin College’s Vice President and General Counsel, Donica Thomas Varner, to the Oberlin community criticizing the jury. The plaintiffs subpoenaed her to testify, and the defense filed a motion to quash the subpoena. “The Judge ruled: ‘this was a letter sent by the Oberlin general counsel after the verdict. We are talking about the actions of the defendants that demonstrated malice. What we will use is only what was litigated in court.’” Court adjourned; resuming 10:00 AM tomorrow.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MickTurn 6/11/2019 6:11:35 PM (No. 96120)
If I were on the Jury I'd give the Bakery the maximum $!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: ginadee 6/11/2019 6:48:01 PM (No. 96149)
I'm with the bakery. They're the victims. Is this what the trial was about? Cut the crap, Oberlin. Best of luck to the bakery. Hit 'em hard!
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