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"Have nunchucks. Will travel." - Antonio "Tony The Tiger" Vernón

Antonio Vernón vs. University of Chicago et al.
Case No. 02 L 015749
Judge Ronald F. Bartkowicz

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February 15, 2008 Press Release

Defendant will depose plaintiff's expert at 10:30 A.M. on February 19, 2007 in advance of the revised March 7 deadline. Plaintiff has until April 7 to name an expert and file their report, and plaintiff has until May 7 to take defendant's expert's deposition.

Since the court has indicated it would receive a mutually agreed trial date request at any time, Plaintiff has proposed to defendant a draft of an agreed motion for a June trial date. Defendant continues to not respond to invitations for an agreed trial date on or near the first week after the end of the school year at a time which would seem most convenient. Previously, defendant indicated a preference to set a date any time after March 11th very quickly in order for witnesses to reserve such a date. Plaintiff would also prefer to set a date quickly. The court indicated this case, which started in 2002, will be given scheduling priority over newer cases and it is likely that any date after March 11th would be granted (or cleared if necessary). Defendants, however, have not formally provided any court dates for which they are available.

In his suit against the University, three claims are now at issue. 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,

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. Highlights videos of his summer tour are available for purchase. 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 to or

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