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Jury selection set to start today in Gibson's suit


ELYRIA — Jury selection in the lawsuit case between Gibson’s Bakery and Oberlin College will begin this morning.

A series of motion hearings delayed the start of the trial, which is expected to run upward of a month in length. Jury selection originally was scheduled to begin last Thursday.

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 month, Judge John 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.

If impaneling a jury in the case runs smoothly, opening statements in the trial could begin as soon as Thursday.

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