The $11M libel verdict against Oberlin is a threat to colleges nationwide
An Ohio jury has awarded Gibson’s Bakery $11 million in damages in its libel suit against Oberlin College. This week, that same jury could award punitive damages that would increase the total amount of damages to more than $30 million. This all stems from an incident in November 2016 when three African American Oberlin students entered Gibson’s and were suspected of trying to steal liquor. A physical altercation resulted. Although the students all eventually pled guilty, many Oberlin students believed that Gibson’s racially profiled those students and used excessive force against one of the students.