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Jury selection for Gibson's Bakery v. Oberlin College suit expected to start Friday

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    Gibson's bakery in Oberlin.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE FILE

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ELYRIA — Jury selection for the civil lawsuit filed by Gibson’s Bakery against Oberlin College is expected to get underway Friday.

At the earliest, testimony will start next week.

Judge John Miraldi has been hearing pretrial motions in the case for two days, but expectations that they would be wrapped up by today to allow jury selection to start were not met.

The trial is predicted to take as long as a month and could see more than 100 witnesses called.

Gibson’s sued Oberlin College in 2017 after a November 2016 shoplifting case involving an Oberlin College student led to protests outside the store and Oberlin College severing longstanding business ties with the business.

Gibson’s sued the college and Meredith Raimondo, vice president and dean of students, for libel, slander, interference with business relationships, interference with contracts, deceptive trade practices, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent hiring and trespass.

In a ruling last week, Miraldi tossed the slander counts and deceptive trade practices against the college and Raimondo. The count alleging negligent hiring, retention and supervision against Raimondo only was tossed as well.

The bakery contends it suffered a loss of business as a result of the protests by Oberlin College students and community members that ensued after the incident.

Contact Scott Mahoney at (440) 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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