Two readers of Lance Armstrong’s books It’s Not About The Bike and Every Second Counts have decided to file against the 7-time Tour de France winner and his publishers for charges of fraud and false advertising.
Rob Stutzman, a public affairs consultant, and Jonathan Wheeler, a chef and cycling enthusiast, both filed the class-action lawsuit in a federal court in California on Tuesday, almost a week after his 2-part interview with Oprah Winfrey was aired on January 17 and 18 at Oprah’s OWN network.
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The lawsuit states that, “Throughout the book, Defendant Armstrong repeatedly denies that he ever used banned substances before or during his professional cycling career,” and that Stutzman and Wheeler bought the book “based upon the false belief that they were true and honest works of nonfiction when, in fact, Defendants knew or should have known that these books were works of fiction.”
Others have started to join in on the lawsuit, according to the Huffington Post, hoping that the growing numbers will result in a class-action case. And that while many won’t yield to any compensation, they do still carry some weight.
As a legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, Bill Portanova, explained, “Sometimes they are filed because the bad guys who’ve been lying and cheating and make it all the way to the top deserve to be bothered.”
“Piling on a lawsuit, you shouldn’t have any sympathy; have a guy who’s been cheating. Whether or not this lawsuit will result in a payment coming back to anyone else is unlikely,” he added.
Watch a clip from the Oprah interview below: