Trials & Litigation

Lance Armstrong faces class action re autobiography

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Lance Armstrong in 2006.

At first, news that cyclist Lance Armstrong had admitted using performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions to boost his career and help him win consecutive Tour de France titles was followed by jokes that his books would be moved to public library fiction sections.

Now, after his confession last week to Oprah Winfrey, two readers have filed suit in federal court in Sacramento, Calif., seeking class action status. They contend that they would not have purchased Armstrong’s best-selling co-authored nonfiction book, It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, “had they known the true facts concerning Armstrong’s misconduct and his admitted involvement in a sports doping scandal” and are seeking refunds and litigation costs, according to the Los Angeles Times (reg. req.) and USA Today.

Armstrong won seven Tour de France victories between 1999 to 2005, all during a time when he now admits he used banned substances.

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