OBERLIN, Ohio — Editor's note: Video in the player at the top of this story was originally published in June of 2019.
An Ohio appeals court has upheld a $25 million judgment against Oberlin College awarded to a local business that successfully claimed it was libeled by the school in the aftermath of a shoplifting incident.
The 9th District Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected all of the historic liberal arts college's arguments and upheld a $6.2 million payment in attorney fees.
Oberlin students and staff protested outside Gibson's Bakery and Food Mart after the shoplifting incident in November 2016.
A jury in June 2019 awarded store owners Allyn Gibson and his son, David Gibson, $44 million in compensatory and punitive damages. A judge later reduced the award to $25 million.
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- RELATED: David Gibson of Oberlin's Gibson's Bakery passes away after battle with pancreatic cancer
- RELATED: Gibson's Bakery owners to appeal multi-million dollar reduction in jury award for Oberlin College case
- RELATED: Oberlin College announces it will appeal $31.6 million verdict in Gibson's Bakery case
- RELATED: Oberlin College seeks new trial after order to pay $25 million
- RELATED: Judge adds $6.5M for attorneys to jury award in Gibson's Bakery lawsuit against Oberlin College
- RELATED: Branded as racists, Gibson family took on Oberlin College to rewrite obituary
- RELATED: Oberlin College issues statement on Gibson's Bakery lawsuit
Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in a previous article regarding this story on June 25, 2019.