Thursday, February 7, 2013
Lance Armstrong sued in Dallas Court over $12 million in bonuses by sports insurance company
See the full petition below.
DALLAS Dallas-based sports insurer SCA Promotions finally made good on its threat to sue Lance Armstrong over a $12 million bonus paid in 2006.
Moments ago, SCA’s attorney Jeff Tillotson filed a complaint at the Dallas County courthouse that demands Armstrong return the money paid him for winning the Tour de France in 2002, ’03, and ’04. SCA paid the money on behalf of Tailwind Sports, which owned the U.S. Postal Service team for which Armstrong raced.
In 2004, SCA tried to keep from paying the bonus when whispers of Lance Armstrong’s doping turned into screams from friends and associates. But under oath, Armstrong told Tillotson he didn’t use anything to enhance his performance in those races or an other: “I race the bike straight up fair and square,” he said. Except, of course, he didn’t, as he finally admitted to Oprah Winfrey a few weeks ago.
“Lance Armstrong perpetuated what may well be the most outrageous, cold-hearted and elaborate lie in the history of sports,” says the lawsuit.
In 2006, Armstrong and SCA settled their squabble, and the Plano native got his check. Earlier this week his representatives maintained that the agreement sealed the deal, and that he gets to keep the millions no matter what. To which Tillotson responds: Absolutely not.
From the petition below:
- SCA paid Lance Armstrong more than $12 million in prize money because he was declared the “Official Winner” of the 2002, 2003 and 2004 Tour de France races. In connection with those payments and the resulting legal dispute with SCA, Mr. Armstrong and Tailwind Sports (his management company) made two critical representations under oath:
- First, that Mr. Armstrong had “never, ever” used performance enhancing drugs in his entire career, much less during the Tour de France races that SCA was paying him prize money for “winning.” As Mr. Armstrong brazenly testified under oath in the SCA legal proceeding, “I race the bike straight up fair and square.”
- Second, Defendants assured SCA and the panel of arbitrators who were presiding over the SCN Armstrong legal dispute that if Mr. Armstrong had cheated and was subsequently stripped of Tour de France titles, he would be obligated to refund the prize money paid to him by SCA.
- This lawsuit is being brought because the first statement was a deliberate lie perpetuated by Mr. Armstrong and his cohorts in order to win the Tour de France races and, now that he has been exposed and stripped of those titles, it is time to make him live up to what he said in the second statement.
The whole doc follows. Updates to come.