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  • Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College – Court rejects attempt to unseal store clerk’s private Facebook records

    05/06/2020 11:13:40 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 13 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | May 6, 2020 | William A. Jacobson
    Judge ruled that “risk of injury to persons” and “individual privacy rights and interests” prevailed over what the Gibsons alleged was collusion between the college and Cleveland media to “dox” Allyn D. Gibson...As part of that campaign seeking to impugn the Gibsons post-trial, Oberlin College sought to unseal the confidential Facebook records of Allyn D. Gibson, the store clerk whose stop of a black Oberlin College student for shoplifting sparked the protests, accusations of racial profiling, business cut-off, and eventually, lawsuit and jury trial. The student, along with two other students, later pleaded guilty to offenses related to the shoplifting.
  • Rapid Response Team Debuts at UAW-Related Protests (Oberlin College)

    03/01/2020 9:32:15 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 14 replies
    The Oberlin Review ^ | 28 February | Alexa Stevens
    President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s Feb. 18 announcement that the College is formally considering outsourcing 108 dining and custodial jobs currently held by United Automobile Worker union members incited a campus-wide conversation and student-led protests and demonstrations. As activism in support of UAW continues, the College is in the midst of considering how best to approach its relationship with student activists. One approach taken by the Division of Student Life is to assemble a Rapid Response Team, meant to engage with student activism on campus in a constructive way. The team intends to inform students about different demonstration policies — such...
  • Living Wage and Health Care for UAW Workers Proves Urgent (Oberlin Update)

    03/01/2020 9:28:27 AM PST · by Steely Tom · 14 replies
    The Oberlin Review ^ | 21 February | Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
    President Carmen Twillie Ambar, Oberlin College’s first Black president and just the second female president, shared with us all an impressively argued, 900-word announcement titled “Dining and Custodial Negotiations,” which reported that the College has proposed to, very shortly, cut every single one of its custodians and dining hall workers without warning, unceremoniously — a Trump-like “Get out of here, you’re all fired!” President Ambar’s defense of her actions is quite solidly based upon One Oberlin, which is the name of the final report produced by the Academic and Administrative Program Review. The president offers an unassailable argument for the...
  • Under Financial Stress, Oberlin College Seeks to End Unionized Custodial and Dining Hall Services

    02/18/2020 5:30:37 PM PST · by CheshireTheCat · 34 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | February 18, 2020 | William A. Jacobson
    ...The financial impact of the Gibson’s Bakery loss is not yet clear. It will be interesting to see if the negative publicity impacts the incoming class, and how much in grant money needs to be spent to maintain quality and quantity. But clearly Oberlin College has suffered a public relations body blow from the case. The seriousness of the situation is further revealed in a campus announcement that Oberlin College will seek to replace UAW union workers in the dining hall and custodial services with outsourced contractors...
  • A Road Trip to Oberlin, Post-Gibson Bakery Case

    01/29/2020 10:33:46 PM PST · by kocooked · 11 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/27/2019 | Michael R. Cook
    Inside Gibson’s, the atmosphere is quiet and subdued. It’s clear that this little business and its owners have endured a great deal in the past three years, beginning with student protests in front of the store in November 2016. The protesters denounced the Gibson family as racist and claimed the store had a long history of racial profiling (none of which is true). Evidence introduced at trial established that the college facilitated these protests and that at least one senior college official actively participated in them. Following the protests, the college suspended its 100-year business relationship with Gibson’s Bakery.
  • Oberlin College’s “almost sociopathic malevolence” towards Gibson’s Bakery

    11/01/2019 11:01:04 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 31 October 2019 | William A. Jacobson
    I appeared tonight on Tucker Carlson Tonight to provide an update on the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case. It was my first time doing an on-set interview, and it was fun. TUCKER: In late 2016, three students at Oberlin college, maybe the most liberal college in the country, tried to rob a small family business near the school called Gibson’s Bakery. Tried to steal a bottle of booze among other things. When they were caught, one of them assaulted the son of the bakery’s owner, physically. One response to that, Oberlin college amazingly attack the bakery as racist and...
  • Judge denies Oberlin College’s request to unseal Gibson Bakery store clerk’s Facebook records

    09/27/2019 6:12:41 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 24 September 2019 | William A. Jacobson
    There have been many strange motions and actions in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case. A post-trial motion by Oberlin College to unseal Facebook records may be one of the more strange developments, and offers a window into the bitter feelings of college officials. Allyn D. Gibson (Allyn D.) is the grandson of plaintiff Allyn W. Gibson (“Allyn W.”) and the son of plaintiff David Gibson. Allyn D., who was not a party in the lawsuit, was the store clerk on duty who caught an Oberlin College student shoplifting. The scuffle that ensued, involving two additional Oberlin College students,...
  • Property Records Reveal Gibson Family Holdings

    09/21/2019 11:42:39 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 45 replies
    The Oberlin Review ^ | 20 September 2019 | Nathan Carpenter
    Property records obtained through the Lorain County Auditor’s office reveal that the Gibson family, who recently won a $25 million judgement in the lawsuit they filed against Oberlin College and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo, own property within Oberlin city limits worth approximately $1.7 million, a sum figure not previously discussed in the media. The value assessments are calculated by the auditor’s office using tax information and in-person assessments. The figure does not include properties owned outside of Oberlin or controlled through Off Street Parking, Inc. — a corporation in which David Gibson owns a majority stake....
  • Community Healing More Important Now Than Ever

    09/21/2019 11:36:22 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 16 replies
    The Oberlin Review ^ | 21 September 2019 | Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Professor of Africana Studies
    Almost two years ago, in 2017, I wrote you pleading for Oberlin College to seek an out-of-court settlement with the Gibson family (“Gibson’s Links Black People to Anti-Semitism,” The Oberlin Review, Dec. 1, 2017). But nothing seemed to take place until it was announced in April that efforts had failed and that the case was going to trial this past May. It did, and the jury ruled in favor of the Gibson family. Last week, I wrote again hoping that Oberlin College would appeal the local jury’s decision to award millions of dollars to the Gibson family (“College Should Respect...
  • How Oberlin’s Bias and Bloat Fueled a $33 Million Blunder

    09/20/2019 1:21:40 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 19 replies
    Real Clear Education ^ | 10 September 2019 | Nathan Harden
    Big dollar signs make for memorable headlines. In June, when an Ohio jury ordered Oberlin College to pay $33 million in damages to a small bakery that had been the target of a protest orchestrated by employees of the college, the figure shocked many observers. Could Oberlin officials have really been so dastardly as to merit such a mammoth legal thumping? Apparently so. In a lengthy essay in Commentary magazine, former Oberlin professor Abraham Socher gave a thorough account of the events that led up to the $33 million verdict. The story, in case you don’t already know it, goes...
  • Oberlin College could have paid $1 million instead of $25 million to settle defamation suit

    09/20/2019 10:45:47 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 28 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 13 September 2019 | Greg Piper
    If you want to save your college tens of millions of dollars in litigation, settle quickly. That’s the lesson colleges are likely taking from Oberlin College’s decision to take a chance on a jury in the defamation lawsuit by Gibson’s Bakery. A judge denied the liberal arts school’s motion for a new trial this week following a $25 million jury award (plus $6.5 million in attorneys fees and costs) against Oberlin. The documents filed by the parties this week suggest Oberlin could have saved itself $24 million by not dragging out the case. The Chronicle-Telegram reports that Lorain County Common...
  • Oberlin College denied new trial in Gibson’s Bakery case

    09/11/2019 10:13:43 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 57 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 10, 2019 | William A. Jacobson
    In the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case, the judgment for the plaintiffs amounted to almost $32 million in damages and defendants were required to post a $36 million bond to secure the judgment pending appeal. Before appealing, Oberlin College filed two post-trial motions, a Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding The Verdict (pdf.) and Motion for a New Trial (pdf.), as explained in our post, Oberlin College Seeks New Trial in Gibson’s Bakery Case. Gibson’s Bakery responded with an Opposition to the Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding The Verdict (pdf.), and Opposition to the Motion for a New Trial (pdf.), as explained...
  • Gibson’s Bakery: Oberlin College’s request for a new trial is “baseless”

    08/30/2019 8:32:43 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 16 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 29 Auguse 2019 | William A. Jacobson
    “Defendants’ challenge to the libel verdicts consists mostly of regurgitated arguments that this Court already decided during summary judgment briefing and that can be dismissed out of hand.” Oberlin College will appeal, of course, but before has filed two post-trial motions, a Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding The Verdict (pdf.) and Motion for a New Trial (pdf.). As explained in our post, Oberlin College Seeks New Trial in Gibson’s Bakery Case, most of those motions were uninteresting rehashing of arguments previously litigated and rejected by the trial Judge John Miraldi. The only interesting part of the motions was the issue of...
  • Oberlin College Seeks New Trial in Gibson’s Bakery Case

    08/27/2019 12:45:37 PM PDT · by Steely Tom · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 22 August 2019 | William A. Jacobson
    Oberlin College Seeks New Trial in Gibson’s Bakery Case Comments Permalink Posted by William A. Jacobson Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 9:30pm “A new trial is warranted here to address a litany of errors” Everyone is waiting for the appeal in the Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College case that has captured the attention of the nation. The judgment is for almost $32 million in damages and defendants were required to post a $36 million bond to secure the judgment pending appeal. The appeal phase, as I’ve previously indicated, is the most perilous for the Gibsons. Their case was so strong...
  • The Other Oberlin College Case -Involving 100 Percent Expulsion Rate of White Males

    08/19/2019 5:05:53 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 25 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 8/17/19 | William Jacobson
    Appellant John Doe: “And in that same time period, from August 2015 through February 2016, Oberlin convicted 100% of the respondents it sent through its formal resolution process, the vast majority of whom, if not all, were men” While everyone has been focused on Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College, it’s worth revisiting another lawsuit against Oberlin College which we have extensively covered but it below the media radar. Once again, the alleged conduct of then Title IX Coordinator, now Dean of Students, Meredith Raimondo was part of the case. In John Doe v. Oberlin College, an expelled male student who...
  • Gibson’s Bakery: If Oberlin College appeals, we will seek reinstatement of full $44 million

    08/09/2019 2:08:57 PM PDT · by Jacquerie · 23 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | August 8th 2019 | William A. Jacobson
    The Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College lawsuit has entered two post-trial phases: (1) Post-trial motions then appeals, and (2) public relations. As part of this jockeying, Oberlin College’s president Carmen Twillie Ambar has written op-eds and given interviews in which she asserts that Oberlin College was held responsible for the speech of students. This, she argues, presents a threat to campus 1st Amendment rights because it could force universities to clamp down on student speech to avoid liability. The effort to push out this theme has been well-planned and sustained, and included a FAQ information sheet for alumni. The basis...
  • WATCH: Oberlin College accused of trying to wait out bakery owner’s cancer death

    08/08/2019 7:04:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 14 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | August 8, 2019 | Ethan Cai
    Dave Gibson, the owner of the bakery that won millions of dollars in a defamation lawsuit against Oberlin College, accused the school on Tuesday of waiting for him and his father to die. Gibson made these accusations in a statement he posted on Facebook. “As we’ve been going through this legal battle, I’ve been going through another personal battle. Late last year, I was diagnosed with the devastating news that I have pancreatic cancer,” he said. “Oberlin College has known about my health condition since February. Their legal team filed a motion to prevent any mention of my cancer diagnosis...
  • Oberlin College posts $36 million bond to secure Gibson’s Bakery judgment

    08/01/2019 11:40:31 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 29 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | July 31st 2019 | William A. Jacobson
    The combined compensatory and punitive damages ($25 million) and attorney’s fees and costs (over $6.5 million) awards in favor of Gibson’s Bakery and its owners left Oberlin College almost $32 million in debt. Yesterday Oberlin College posted the bond (pdf.), a copy of which is embedded at the bottom of this post. The bond is in the name of the college and co-defendant Meredith Raimondo, even though the college, according to court documents, has agreed to cover any amounts owed by Raimondo. There is no indication what assets, if any, Oberlin College had to pledge to secure the bond. Normally...
  • Oberlin College ordered to post $36 million bond to delay Gibson’s Bakery collection of Judgement

    07/24/2019 11:53:52 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 75 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 7/24/2019 | William A Jacobson
    Judge granted Oberlin College’s motion to stay execution of the judgment, but required the posting of a bond in the amount of the judgment plus three years interest as security. The compensatory and punitive damages of $25 million (after reduction for tort reform caps), plus the over $6.5 million in attorney’s fees and costs, put Oberlin College almost $32 million in debt to Gibson’s Bakery and its owners. Absent some judicial action, the next step would have been for the Gibsons to execute on the judgment, meaning start collecting the money through post-judgment remedies, such as seizing bank accounts and...
  • Oberlin College Hit With $6.5 Million In Attorney's Fees

    07/23/2019 8:23:57 AM PDT · by Steely Tom · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | 23 July 2019 | Evan Gerstmann
    Oberlin College’s legal and financial woes continue to grow as a result of Gibson’s Bakery’s lawsuit against it. Oberlin Students protested outside Gibson’s in 2016 in response to a Gibson’s perceived overreaction to a shoplifting attempt by three African American students. This was just days after Donald Trump’s election. Tempers ran high and student protesters accused Gibson’s of racism. Gibson’s sued the college for libel and for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The latest blow to the college occurred earlier this month when the judge hit Oberlin with $6.5 million dollars in attorney’s fees in addition to the $25 million...