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February 21, 2013 / Steven Soliman

Lance Armstrong Sued Over Book: Autobiography v. Fiction?

Lance Armstrong is facing legal troubles, as purchasers of Armstrong’s best-selling books “It’s Not About the Bike,” and “Every Second Counts” allege that the books are full of false advertising, misrepresentation, fraud, and deceit, and should not have been marketed as “nonfiction.”

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After the recent revelations that Armstrong was involved in one of the most sophisticated doping schemes in sports history, the Tour de France champion’s books are accused of being fiction, and not the autobiographies they were purported and advertised to be. According to the lawsuit, Armstrong’s recent admission to Oprah, that he did in fact use performance enhancing drugs, is enough for readers to feel cheated into purchasing something which isn’t what it was promoted to be. Specifically, the complaint argues that Armst

rong and publishers of his books “knew or should have known that these books were works of fiction.”

The class action lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The Plaintiffs are Jonathan Wheeler and Rob Stutzman, a PR consultant and former deputy chief of staff of communications for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Many others are attempting to join the suit, in hopes that it can be pursued as a class action. The lawsuit also names Penguin Group, Random House, and other book publishers as defendants. Plaintiffs are seeking compensation for the price of the book.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of false advertising, fraud, or misrepresentation, please contact Khorrami, LLP for

more information.


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