Lance Armstrong is really taking heat for “doping”, a fact he admitted in a January interview with Oprah. Soon after that interview, we posted here about how readers of his book are asking for their money back in a class action suit filed against Armstrong and his publisher.
Well, Armstrong’s list of legal battles has grown to be quite impressive and quite extensive:
- Armstrong is the subject of another class action suit which claims that he and FRS — a maker of nutritional supplements — are guilty of false advertising via Armstrong’s claims that FRS was his “secret weapon”;
- The United States Justice Department is joining the whistle blower suit filed by Armstrong’s former teammate, Floyd Landis;
- The Times of London has filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against the cyclist to recover settlement of a libel action Armstrong had filed against the newspaper;
- Armstrong is being investigated for obstruction, witness tampering and intimidation by a federal agency;
- Acceptance Insurance of Omaha has filed a $3 million lawsuit to recoup bonuses it covered for Armstrong’s wins in the 1999 – 2001 Tour de France.
“Lance Armstrong has disappointed all of his fans. Professional athletes are subject to intense scrutiny, and they operate under the microscope of the public eye. But part and parcel of being a successful and famous athlete is the added responsibility to be a role model. Lying and cheating are not okay, and the consequences for him doing so should match the magnitude of his deception,” says cyclist and lawyer Doug Landau. “But I can not help wonder, in the case of Acceptance Insurance who is seeking a refund of the claims it paid out to cover Armstrong’s bonuses… what about the parties that paid the premiums on the insurance policy itself ? Should they not be entitled to recoup those premiums?”