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Court filings delay start of Gibson's trial


ELYRIA — The start of testimony in the lawsuit filed by Gibson’s Bakery against Oberlin College has been delayed again.

Jury selection is now expected to begin Wednesday morning, as motion hearings have taken longer than expected. Attorneys for both sides have appeared before Judge John Miraldi since Tuesday to argue their sides in the hearings.

No hearings are scheduled for today, but a hearing is scheduled to take place in the courtroom Tuesday afternoon. Miraldi’s criminal docket is scheduled for Mondays, and his court has Drug Recovery Court every Tuesday morning.

Gibson’s sued Oberlin College in 2017 after a November 2016 shoplifting case involving an Oberlin College student led to protests outside of 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.

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