Judge: Lies in Lance Armstrong Book Protected by First Amendment


Judge: Lies in Lance Armstrong Book Protected by First Amendment

by Anthony Caruso on September 16, 2013

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is facing a slew of lawsuits, ranging from sports law

violations and contractual disputes to allegations of fraud. Although he may face considerable losses and incur heavy litigation costs from various lawsuits, a judge has put one issue to rest and ruled in Armstrong's favor.

U.S. District Judge Morrison England ruled that Armstrong's repeated denials of doping and performance-enhancing drug use in his biographies is protected under the First Amendment right to free speech. The ruling put a class-action suit against the seven-time Tour de France winner by a group of his readers to rest, and may have also provided some clarification about how lies and inaccuracies that appear in print may be treated in future cases.

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