Do you remember the old joke about the definition of an autobiography? Answer: the life story of a car. Yes, I know it’s not funny. But, Lance Armstrong also doesn’t think that his autobiography is bringing him much joy either.
He is now probably hearing angry voices in his head over a lawsuit filed against him, because of his best-selling co-authored book.
The Los Angeles Times and USA Today are both reporting that a lawsuit has been filed by two individuals against Lance over his book “It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life”.
The plaintiffs claim that they would not have purchased his book if they had known the true facts about his involvement “in a sports doping scandal”. They are seeking class action status against Armstrong and in that petition, they have indicated that the lawsuit could involve in excess of 100 people.
The lawsuit is also being filed against his book publishers, which includes the publisher of Armstrong’s other book “Every Second Counts”, which was published back in 2003.
This raises an interesting legal question of whether an author can be held accountable for misconduct, so as to allow past purchasers to seek their money back for a product. Armstrong won seven Tour de France victories between 1999 and 2005; it was during that period that he now has acknowledged that he used banned substances.
Our pic o’ day gives us another idea. Maybe he would rather be in the box of shame instead of facing lawsuits!
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