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Opening statements could come this afternoon in Gibson's lawsuit against Oberlin College


ELYRIA — Opening statements in the civil trial between Gibson’s Bakery and Oberlin College could begin as soon as this afternoon.

Jury selection began Wednesday morning, but a jury was not impaneled by the end of the day. The process will resume this morning and will conclude in time for opening statements to begin in the afternoon, according to court staff.

The trial is expected to last a month, with more than 100 witnesses being called to testify.

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 in late April, 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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