The legal fallout from Lance Armstrong’s doping scandal doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Two people who bought the books about the disgraced athlete filed a class action suit against Armstrong Tuesday (Jan. 22).
Rob Stutzman and Jonathan Wheeler say they wouldn’t have bought his books “had they known the true facts” about his doping past. In the books It’s About the Bike and Every Second Counts, Armstrong denied allegations that he used performance enhancement drugs. He stuck to the story for years until confessing during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, last week.
“Stutzman bought the book in California and read it cover to cover,” reads the suit. “Although Stutzman does not buy or ready many books, he found Armstrong’s book incredibly compelling and recommended the book to several friends.”
In 2005 Stutzman, a Republican political consultant in Sacramento, met Armstrong while working for former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He thanked the father of five for inspiring him with the book.
Book publishers Penguin and Random House were also named in the suit.
As outlandish as their discrepancy may seem, there’s a possibility that the suit may result in a payout. A similar suit was filed against author James Frey who penned the best-seller A Million Little Pieces, detailing his alleged drug use. Once he was admitted to fabricating the details, Frey and his publishers paid out $2.35 million in lawsuits, costs of which included legal fees, and refunding customers.