A bakery in Oberlin, Ohio sued Oberlin College after it libeled the bakery and severed a long-term contract with them after three black Oberlin students falsely claimed they had been racially profiled by the bakery. The bakery won their lawsuit and now the school will have to pay a HUGE amount of money:
FOX 43 – The case stems from the November 2016 arrests of three black Oberlin students at Gibson’s Bakery and market near the college’s campus in Oberlin, Ohio.
One student, Jonathan Aladin, was accused of attempted robbery for allegedly trying to “steal wine or otherwise illegally obtain wine” from the bakery, according to a defamation lawsuit. He would eventually confess in a written statement to trying to buy alcohol illegally.
The two other suspects were arrested and accused of misdemeanor assault, court documents state.
After that, Oberlin staff members tried to discredit the family-owned bakery, the lawsuit says.
Oberlin College staff — including deans and professors — and students engaged in demonstrations in front of Gibson’s Bakery following the arrests of the three students, the lawsuit stated.
The suit also said Oberlin Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo and other college staff members “handed out hundreds of copies” of a flier to the community and the media stating that Gibson’s Bakery and its owners racially profiled and discriminated against the three students.
The court documents include a copy of the flier, which included the words “DON’T BUY.”
“This is a RACIST establishment with a LONG ACCOUNT of RACIAL PROFILING and DISCRIMINATION,” the flier read, according to the lawsuit.
The flier also listed 10 of the bakery’s competitors and urged customers to shop there instead.
Then in November 2016, the lawsuit stated, Oberlin College said it severed its business ties with Gibson’s Bakery. The shop had provided baked goods for the school’s dining services through a third-party company.
While those business ties were reinstated three months later, the shop had already suffered severe consequences, the suit said.
Here’s the kicker.
Jonathan Aladin later confessed to trying to purchase wine with a fake ID at Gibson’s Bakery in Oberlin, Ohio. He pleaded guilty along with two others to attempted theft and aggravated trespass.
Aladdin also signed a statement acknowledging that store personnel, with whom he briefly tussled, were not motivated by racial concerns when they detained the trio.
They were lying the whole time and their liberal elite school fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
The jury in the case has given Gibson’s Bakery a huge victory and has now ordered Oberlin college to pay Gibson’s $11 million in compensation and another $22 million in punitive damages. That is the highest amount allowed by law in the state of Ohio.