Antonio "Tony The Tiger" Vernón's February 17, 2007 Press Release Page
"Have nunchucks. Will travel." - Antonio "Tony The Tiger" Vernón

Antonio Vernón vs. University of Chicago et al.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS, COUNTY DEPARTMENT, LAW DIVISION
Case No. 02 L 015749
Judge Ronald F. Bartkowicz

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February 17, 2007 Press Release

In a February 15 appearance on Plaintiff's Motion for Leave to File Jury Demand, the court clarified that the case is set for jury trial during the week of September 24, 2007. However, no jury demand is on file. Substitute counsel for the defense requested 28 days to file opposing response to the Jury Demand Motion and the court allowed 14 days for reply with a clerk status set for March 30, 2007. However, the dates for the hearing will be controlled by the March 15 clerk status for the Plaintiff's fee petition. The following pretrial schedule still holds: Defendant's dispositive motions are due, April 30, 2007 , Plaintiff's response is due May 31, 2007, and Defendant's reply is due June 14, 2007. The clerk's status to set the dates for the oral argument on summary judgment will be June 15. A jury trial has been set for the entire week of September 24, 2007.

The following schedule still holds: Defendant has until February 27, 2007 to respond to the fee petition. Plaintiff has until March 14 to reply, with a clerk's status on March 15 to set an argument date for the fee petition. The court has determined plaintiff's entitlement to attorneys' fees and costs due to the belated production of the 1200 documents. The magnitude of the award is at issue.

The court continues to reserve ruling on defendants' petition for duplicate costs arising from the plaintiff's 2nd amended complaint.

In his suit against the University, nine claims are now at issue. Counts I and II allege, respectively, breach of express and of implied contract, due to violations of University regulations, and his rights to freedom of inquiry, as set forth in the University manual and handbook. Freedom of inquiry, one of the most highly protected freedoms in an academic community, is the freedom to inquire without penalty or retribution. Counts IV and V allege breach of express and implied contracts for financial aid (especially free tutoring). Newly added counts VII and VIII reallege these breaches of contract with refinements based on discovery to date. Count IX for spoliation of evidence was added for breach of duty to preserve evidence by destroying thousands of potentially relevant documents. Count VI alleges detrimental reliance on the promises of the University. Count X is for tortious interference with contract. Vernón claims the University lured him from another program, and uprooted his life. Vernón is represented by Elaine Siegel (ELAINE K.B. SIEGEL & ASSOC., P..C., 39 South LaSalle Street, Suite 617, Chicago, Illinois 60603, (312) 236-8088, EKBSiegel@aol.com).

Vernón, a kukkiwon certified black belt, is one of Chicago's most prominent non-projectile weapons practitioners and most popular beach personalities. He often performs using the nickname "Tony the Tiger". You may have seen him perform July 3rd in the Wilmette Parks District Independence Day Celebration. Plaintiff notes the imminent release of his "Summer 2006 Highlights" video, which will include some 50 video clips from the last year. He was the 1st middleweight collegiate athlete to deadlift 600 lbs. without using steroids. His father, Dr. Carlos Vernón (1937-2003), was the 1957 Athlete of the Year for the Republic of Panama and is the greatest sprinter in Latin American history. He ran a 10.2 when the world record was 10.1.

Donations to his legal fund by check and money order, at Vernón Legal Fund, 1507 E. 53rd. St. - #608, Chicago, IL 60615 are welcomed. Donations by credit card and electronic payment can be made via free paypal accounts (from www.paypal.com) to vernonlegalfund@gmail.com or vernonlegalfund@yahoo.com.

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