Lance Armstrong Has Request Denied By Texas JudgeBy: Emily Greene - February 27, 2014
Tuesday was another day that didn’t go well for Lance Armstrong.
The disgraced cyclist had made a request to halt an arbitration panel from reviewing the $12 million in bonuses a sports insurance company paid Armstrong before he admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs, but the judge denied Armstrong’s request.
Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County rejected Armstrong’s request, allowing the panel to further review whether or not the sports insurance company, Dallas-based SCA Promotions, should be repaid the bonuses they gave Armstrong. The $12 million in bonuses spanned only three of Armstrong’s seven Tour de France wins.
According to SCA Promotions’ attorney, Jeff Tillotson, the panel will evaluate whether or not Armstrong should “forfeit prize money from those races and penalize him for committing perjury” when they meet next on March 17.
Like many others, SCA Promotions filed a lawsuit against Armstrong after news broke that he had been using performance-enhancing drugs for all of his seven Tour de France victories. The company and Armstrong had reached an arbitration settlement in 2006 when rumors and allegations were brought to light about Armstrong using banned substances, which he denied publicly and during the arbitration.
Once Armstrong admitted last year that he indeed had used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, SCA went back to the drawing board and set up a three-member panel in October. The panel voted 2-1 to look over the case again.
Tillotson said that because Armstrong ”lied at every step of the way” during the original arbitration it was necessary they review the 2006 settlement. Armstrong’s attorneys disagreed, saying that because the settlement was signed they couldn’t review it even if Armstrong had lied.
One sports related Twitter account announced the news of Armstrong’s request being rejected.
One (possible) fan tweeted that Armstrong can’t seem to catch a break.
Something good did happen in court for Armstrong concerning another matter this week.
A judge in Los Angeles ruled that Armstrong “engaged in mere puffery” when he said that FRS was his “secret weapon” to excelling in cycling.
Many FRS consumers banded together to sue FRS and Armstrong for $5 million, saying they had been mislead to buy FRS products, but federal judge Beverly Reid O’Connell disagreed saying “The court finds that defendants’ statements about a `secret weapon’ constitute non-actionable puffery.” In her ruling she added, “Plaintiffs suggest that, because defendant Armstrong was stripped of his titles after defendant FRS’s advertisements were published, the victories never occurred. The fact that defendant Armstrong knew he used illegal methods to win the Tour de France, does not negate his titles.”
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