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Armstrong asks court to dismiss lawsuit

Lance Armstrong has asked a Texas court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Dallas promotions company seeking repayment of more than 12 million in bonuses paid for winning the Tour de France. SCA Promotions sued Armstrong and his manager Bill Stapleton in state district court in Dallas in February, claiming Armstrong committed fraud by using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour seven times. SCA paid Armstrong’s team management company Tailwind Sports for several of those victories, which have been stripped away.

The sides have been battling since 2005, when SCA tried to withhold the bonus money. Armstrong sued, sending the case in a lengthy arbitration process where the company tried to prove Armstrong doped. SCA agreed to pay him in a voluntary settlement in 2006. Armstrong’s court filings on Friday argue that settlement is legally binding and includes language that it cannot be appealed.

The company argues that it was cheated into the settlement because Armstrong, who now admits doping, lied when he testified under oath that he didn’t. ‘SCA does not believe that any prior occurrences in its litigation history with Lance Armstrong bar its attempts to seek recovery through legal channels today,’ company spokesman Jeff Dorough wrote in an email. The SCA lawsuit is among several legal cases pending against Armstrong.

In February, the U S Justice Department joined a lawsuit against Armstrong alleging he concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs and defrauded his longtime team sponsor, the U S Postal Service.
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