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Oberlin College appeals to Ohio Supreme Court

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Posted By: Harlowe, 5/17/2022 12:59:24 AM

OBERLIN — Oberlin College has appealed to the Ohio Supreme Court a $25 million judgment awarded to Gibson’s Bakery in another chapter of the long-standing legal battle.In a 20-page memorandum in support of jurisdiction filed on behalf of Oberlin College, attorneys blasted a March decision by Ohio’s Ninth District Court of Appeals as an attack on free speech and the first amendment.(Snip)The memo laid out four separate propositions of law, addressing freedom of expression and damages awarded to Gibson’s.(Snip)Other organizations including the NAACP, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and National Coalition Against Censorship and Defending Rights submitted amicus briefs in support of Oberlin College.


In March of this year, Professor William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection surmised Oberlin College would take this litigation to the Ohio Supreme Court and pointed out that previously “the court rejected the deceptive attempt of Oberlin” to turn this litigation into a free speech case. Lorna Gibson, Gibson’s Bakery owner, said she and her family believe Oberlin College is pursuing a “war of attrition” in its pursuit of “what she calls meritless appeals until it drives Gibson’s out of business.” ~~ May the peace of God be with the Gibson family.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: john56 5/17/2022 1:02:22 AM (No. 1157525)
Pay the Gibsons!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 5/17/2022 1:15:48 AM (No. 1157527)
Every further legal shenanigan should double the reward!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns 5/17/2022 1:23:35 AM (No. 1157531)
Confirms all that you have feared about the Chamber of Commerce. Taking the side of a left wing college that sought to harm a small business.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 5/17/2022 1:26:05 AM (No. 1157533)
They are such rotten, rotten pukes. Pay the judgement, you deserve it.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: pensom2 5/17/2022 1:51:16 AM (No. 1157539)
Flop sweat.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Annie Xango 5/17/2022 2:25:41 AM (No. 1157544)
Just another reason I refused to be associated with the Ohio Chamber of Commerce,.I refused to rejoin the BBB( I don't need them anyway...have been in biz for 53 yrs. doing just fine,,thank you)since the BBB and the local Chamber are buds..not giving $$$ to any of them.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: SALady 5/17/2022 2:26:11 AM (No. 1157545)
Can the Ohio Supreme Court triple the damages for wasting everyone's time and trying so hard to cheat Gibson's Bakery?!?!?!?!?
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Trigger2 5/17/2022 4:07:55 AM (No. 1157557)
Never let a crisis of having to pay lots of money to a defendent go to waste.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: mifla 5/17/2022 4:12:53 AM (No. 1157562)
Hopefully the Ohio SC will not take the case. It is a great time to be a litigation lawyer in this country. They are getting rich.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: skacmar 5/17/2022 6:20:20 AM (No. 1157599)
Hopefully the Ohio Supreme Court will reject the appeal.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mizz Fixxit 5/17/2022 6:36:47 AM (No. 1157607)
The friend of the court brief filed by the national Chamber of Commerce is absurd. The chamber is nobody’s friend except investment class elites who exploit cheap imported labor. The national chamber is an enemy of the middle class.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: F15 Gork 5/17/2022 6:42:42 AM (No. 1157612)
I suspect $25 Million is chump change to Oberlin. Pay up clowns!
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Reply 13 - Posted by: 5 handicap 5/17/2022 7:02:36 AM (No. 1157639)
Use the submitted briefs as Charmin in the bathroom and mail it back to the senders...that is more recognition than they deserve!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rich323 5/17/2022 7:29:03 AM (No. 1157660)
Let’s go Oberlin! You’re no different than FJB!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: planetgeo 5/17/2022 7:43:10 AM (No. 1157667)
One of the few times I wished I had been on a jury. Oberlin would have had to pay $100 million AND change their name to Gibson University.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Venturer 5/17/2022 7:43:10 AM (No. 1157668)
Pay up.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: cor-vet 5/17/2022 7:58:35 AM (No. 1157684)
Is free speech Oberlin, making any conservative student organizations welcome on their campus? Have they fought to allow conservative speakers on campus, or is it only free speech matters when it touches their pocketbook?
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Reply 18 - Posted by: udanja99 5/17/2022 8:06:36 AM (No. 1157690)
Oberlin is being vindictive, vengeful and petty. But what else would you expect from a communist shiitehole indoctrination center? The unsaid part of the free speech arguement is that Oberlin believes shoplifting is protected as free speech for minorities.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 5/17/2022 8:21:09 AM (No. 1157697)
Oberlin lost their appeal in the lower court by 3-0 verdict. When that happens, it is extremely rare that a higher court will hear the case. I would say that the SCOTUS will not hear the appeal, but you never know.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: smokincol 5/17/2022 8:32:19 AM (No. 1157706)
once a much vaunted institution of learning, Oberlin has become another shill for the demcommie party and the minority communist factions who are the epitome of the old saying; the squeaky wheel gets the grease, how tragic
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Reply 21 - Posted by: laurenc 5/17/2022 8:34:52 AM (No. 1157711)
The game plan is to drag this out as long as possible, wear the Gibson's down into accepting 10% of the $25 million just to make it go away.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: TJ54 5/17/2022 8:39:18 AM (No. 1157718)
This “news” story reads like a press release for Oberlin
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Reply 23 - Posted by: WhamDBambam 5/17/2022 8:49:00 AM (No. 1157738)
I would hope that post-judgment interest is accumulating at a decent rate.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: bpl40 5/17/2022 10:10:33 AM (No. 1157817)
The court should triple damages for arrogance.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: lakerman1 5/17/2022 11:10:25 AM (No. 1157879)
Because Oberlin is raising a 1st amendment issue, if they are rejected by or ruled against by the Ohio Supreme Court, they can then file in Federal Court. (*I think that is the case, but I'm not a lawyer.) It would then take a few years to move the case through the appeals process.) This is becoming almost a divorce case - I have had friends who filed for divorce under the Pennsylvania no-fault divorce law, and it took years and years to reach resolution.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: MickTurn 5/17/2022 12:21:39 PM (No. 1157950)
Oberlin College yelling FIRE in a Theater...time to put them in all in a CELL made to hold half of them, and let them fight over the Food/Water!
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Reply 27 - Posted by: padiva 5/17/2022 10:25:16 PM (No. 1158447)
Have the Ohio courts required Oberlin to put the money in escrow pending any determinations? Is it free speech for the bakery to be unsettled and use free speech with a shoplifter? It works both ways.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: IAmButASimpleCaveman 5/18/2022 1:34:12 PM (No. 1159096)
the gibsons may be benefitting from this greatly. interest on judgments accrues monthly and is often much higher than market interest rates.
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