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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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June 9, 2008 Press Release

On June 3, 2008 Judge Bartkowicz announced that he would not be the presiding judge for the September trial and that the case has been assigned to Judge Sheldon Harris. The trial schedule remains the same. On April 23, 2008 Judge Bartkowicz entered an order that upon the request of both parties, that the trial date will be set for September 17, 2008 with a status hearing for such on May 9, 2008. At the status hearing on May 9th, the Judge noted that the trial may commence on September 15, 2008.

According to the trial schedule, defendant had until April 7 to name a damages expert and file their report. They have not done so. Plaintiff has demanded that defendant identify their expert. Their reply produced no identity and they have stated that they did not intend to call an expert. They have confirmed this intention to the court. Case law provides the right reopen discovery to add witnesses during the pretrial time if there is no prejudice to the opposition. It remains to be seen if they intend to call a damages witness although they have forgone their right to call a damages expert.

On March 20, 2008 Judge Bartkowicz enumerated non-privileged documents and ordered their production within ten days. The court also denied plaintiff's motion to reconsider its September 2007 summary judgement ruling on certain breach of contract counts.

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,

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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