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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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April 7, 2008 Press Release

On March 20, 2008 Judge Bartkowicz entered an order that utilized the approach of U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer (Muro v. Target Corp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81776 (N.D.I 11.2007)) had used to resolve a dispute involving which e-mail messages have been correctly and incorrectly included in the privilege log. In the order the court enumerated non-privileged documents and ordered their production within ten days. During the hearing, defendant objected to production and the court offered the defendants the freedom to preserve their record on this matter in any way that they see fit. His written ruling was unchanged however.

On March 20, the court denied plaintiff's motion to reconsider its September 2007 summary judgement ruling on certain breach of contract counts. Defendant 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.

The court denied an agreed order for a June 9, 2008 trial date due to having committed to a few older cases on that date. The court has offered August 11th, August 18th, September 8th and September 15th as possible dates. The court indicated that a response within a week would likely ensure one of these dates and that thereafter others would probably request them. At the 3/20 hearing defendant queried about the possibility of that date via the Jury pool. The court indicated that requesting a random judge at that time would be contingent upon availability and could not determine the likelihood of obtaining a judge and jury near the desired date. Plaintiff remains ready for both trial on the June date hoped for and any later date the judge avails himself. Defendant has failed to respond concerning their availability for the trial dates offered by the judge in a timely manner. Defense has not been responsive with respect to plaintiffs attempts to procure information on availability on the dates put forth by the Court and has not yet identified its expert.

In his suit against the University, three claims are now at issue. Two are related to breach of contract and the third is based on tortious interference with contract. 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. 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 www.paypal.com) to vernonlegalfund@gmail.com or vernonlegalfund@yahoo.com.

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