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Gibson’s Bakery says Oberlin
College’s scorched earth defense
justifies large legal fee award

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Posted By: Harlowe, 7/15/2019 11:16:40 PM

The post-verdict fight over legal fees continues in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case. (Snip) Last week Daniel McGraw reported on the court hearing, and the astounding fact that the lawyers on each side had time into the case equaling just under $5 million. The defense lawyers got paid hourly, the Gibson’s lawyers have the case on a 40% contingent fee, but kept track of their time. Now we have most of the filings made in connection with the application for legal fees. We don’t have everything, because some filings were made under seal and are not publicly available.

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The author doesn’t mince words in stating that Oberlin College “litigated the stuffing out of the case.” “Grandpa” Gibson, who is 90 years old, was subjected to five days of questioning lasting nearly 19 hours. As astutely pointed out previously by a respected Ldotter, aside from the personal fees of the attorneys involved, expenses incurred include paralegals and other staff members for investigation, research, exhibits for the courtroom, copying documents and court filing fees.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Sandbar 7/16/2019 12:07:40 AM (No. 124855)
Question: Since the Gibson's lawyers were working on a contingency fee basis, are the legal fees added to the entire award and they collect 40% of the total or do they get what the judge awards? How does that work?
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Reply 2 - Posted by: smcchk 7/16/2019 12:35:12 AM (No. 124867)
Grateful for the Gibsons’ fighting this, to the jury who meted justice and to William Jacobson and Legal Insurrection for covering this. As a graduate of a small, liberal arts college, in the 70’s, I am ashamed of the insular, arrogant bubbles they have become and am happy to see Oberlin’s bubble burst.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: A.I. 7/16/2019 1:07:51 AM (No. 124886)
Win or lose, the lawyers win.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: George R. 7/16/2019 6:52:08 AM (No. 125005)
I understand that Lawyers are not entitled to fees on the punitive portion of the award.
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