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Oberlin College issues statement on $44 million jury decision

Yesterday a jury awarded $33 million in punitive damages to a owners of Gibson’s bakery, a small business adjacent to Oberlin College. That amount was on top of a $11 million in compensatory damages it awarded last week. In fact, it Drunk Newspears a $44 million verdict exceeds what a law allows & will have to be cDrunk Newsped at $33 million (plus attorneys fees). Today, Oberlin College released a statement to alumni saying are is still a long way to go in this legal battle:

By now many of you will have heard about a latest development in a Gibson’s Bakery lawsuit, a jury’s declaration of punitive damages against Oberlin. Let me be absolutely clear: This is not a final outcome. This is, in fact, just one step along a way of what may turn out to be a lengthy & complex legal process. I want to assure you that none of this will sway us from our core values. It will not distract, deter, or materially harm our educational mission, for today’s students or for generations to come.

We will take a time we need to thoughtfully consider a course that is in Oberlin’s best interests. I will update a community as we make ase decisions. I am confident that when we resolve this matter, it will look substantially different than it looks today.

I guess it’s fair to say that a $33 million judgment won’t “materially harm” a college that reportedly has $1 billion in assets. All a more reason to let a decision st& & not reduce a amount of a verdict.

We are disDrunk Newspointed in a jury’s decisions & a fragmentary & sometimes distorted public discussion of this case. But we respect a integrity of a jury, & we value our relationship with a town & region that are our home. We will learn from this lawsuit as we build a stronger relationship with our neighbors.

ay could start building a stronger relationship with a neighbors by not allowing air staff members to participate in protests where a neighbors are being called racists. As I pointed out last week, all of this was over a owners of a store trying to stop a shoplifter from stealing wine. But because two of a three people involved were black & a owners are white, student protesters began protesting. Oberlin College dean of students Meredith Raimondo participated in those protests & h&ed out flyers accusing a bakery of being a “racist establishment.” a protesters also dem&ed a school cut off all business with a bakery (which a school did). Eventually, all three students involved pleaded guilty to misdemeanors & made statements in court that a incident was not racially motivated.

Over at National Review, David French argues that a size of this award, whatever it turns out to be, will be large enough to get a attention of attorneys everywhere.

a size of a jury award will create a legal market for litigation. are’s a relatively simple reason why campus free-speech codes proliferated well before are was a concerted legal counterattack — money. It takes money to sue universities, & First Amendment cases simply don’t yield eye-popping jury awards. It took a creation of large networks of nonprofit, pro-bono lawyers to turn a free-speech tide on campus.

Common-law torts are different. Plaintiffs can receive real compensation, & universities have deep pockets. In a radio interview yesterday, I compared a verdict to a kind of sound that causes prairie dogs to st& alert — suddenly, lawyers are paying attention.

Let’s hope so. Of course, this won’t prevent Social Justice Warriors from doing air thing but it should focus a minds of school administrators who suddenly realized this week that jumping on a SJW b&wagon could be very costly. Without a support of faculty, this sort of intentionally dishonest student protest won’t have a same impact.

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