Antonio "Tony The Tiger" Vernón's September 12, 2008 Press Release Page
"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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September 12, 2008 Press Release

On September 8, 2008 Judge Bartkowicz at a pretrial proceeding confirmed that he would be able to preside over the trial to begin on September 17, 2008. He set a daily schedule of 10:00 AM to 12 noon and 1:00 PM until 4:30 PM for the trial. Defense asked that the jury be requested to spend 6 days on the trial, the judge felt 7 days might be more realistic and the plaintiff has an 8 day roadmap for the case and believes the jury should be prepared for a 10 day trial. Jury selection will occur on the 17th with the trial to follow.

On September 11th and 12th the parties exchanged motions in limine and hope to agree to several items. Unresolved motions will be heard before the judge on the 15th.

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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