Oberlin School pays out $36.6 million to Gibson’s Bakery, closing a chapter in a authorized battle that started in 2017 when the native enterprise accused the college of damaging its popularity.
The authorized case stemmed from a shoplifting incident in 2016 that led to pupil protests and accusations of racism, with directors becoming a member of in and the school slicing enterprise ties with the bakery. Gibson’s sued and received $44 million for libel and different expenses, although the court docket later decreased the quantity. Final month the Ohio Supreme Courtroom declined to listen to an attraction from Oberlin, bringing an finish to the long-running and regionally divisive authorized battle.
Oberlin introduced in a press launch Thursday that it had initiated cost to the plaintiffs.
“We’re disenchanted by the Courtroom’s choice. Nonetheless, this doesn’t diminish our respect for the legislation and the integrity of our authorized system,” Oberlin officers mentioned in a information launch. “This matter has been painful for everybody. We hope that the tip of the litigation will start the therapeutic of our complete neighborhood.”