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Lance Armstrong case back in court over bonuses

Lance Armstrong

DALLAS (AP) - Lance Armstrong's attorneys are back in court to try to stop a Dallas-based company from trying to recoup millions in bonuses it paid him for races he won while using performance-enhancing drugs.

Judge Tonya Parker will hear Friday from lawyers for Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist who was stripped of seven Tour de France victories and given a lifetime ban from sports in 2012.

Dallas-based SCA Promotions wants to reopen arbitration about $12 million in bonuses it paid after three of Armstrong's tour victories. But Armstrong's attorneys argue that arbitration settlement was final and cannot be revisited.

Armstrong faces several lawsuits after admitting to doping.

SCA says it's entitled to reopening the settlement because Armstrong lied about taking drugs under oath.

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pflannigan February 21 2014 at 2:30 PM

All of the corporate entities where happy enough to make money off of Armstrong when he was winning and all of this was being swept under the carpet. They made their money during their contract periods with him. It isn't in perpetuity. They looked the other way. Now they want it both ways. How about this. They get their money back from Lance...however...they turn over all of their profits during the time he was under contract with them. They can turn them over the a childrens cancer charity. That would be fair. How about it corporations...show that there is a principal here and not greed. Get your money and give it to charity.

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wlh1923 pflannigan February 21 2014 at 2:35 PM

The Postal Service had been sponsoring the team before he even came on board. Why they were sponsoring a team is another issue for another day but it is clear they were happy with the money they made from the association with the team.

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hambrock7 February 21 2014 at 3:34 PM

Dang, every time I see his picture, he has more problem's than A Rod..Expossed, confessed, defrocked, etc..enough is enough.

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mikeween February 21 2014 at 8:17 PM

I have a good friend who is a cyclist and even raced with Armstrong and missed the U.S. Olympic team by a few slots. When asked about whether he knew if Armstrong was doping, his words were, "We all did."

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edgarlongenecker February 21 2014 at 5:54 PM

Nah.... they got, what they paid for, and, cannot unwind, what they think they paid for, while, having reaped the benefits, at the time; which, were all in their dead, anyway... Besides, how, can they prove that, the benefits, they bought, are actually, the times, he, said he used drugs...??? And, that's what they get, for, buying atheletes, to, feign, some connection, between, their product, and, being a winner...??? They, aren't buying, now, with a loser, to, tout their product, so, their beef, is, in their minds... just as it always, was... Edgrrr...

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vtroncoso February 21 2014 at 4:16 PM

I didn't see any of the runner ups step up to claim any of his seven titles. I wonder WHY?

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visconti24 vtroncoso February 21 2014 at 4:24 PM

You may not have read it. the Tour decided that there would be no winners for the years the cheat was stripped of the trophies.

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Andrea February 21 2014 at 7:57 PM

He is such a disappointment in so many areas. Why keep bringing him up in the news? Please just let him fade away. What an embarrassment to the USA

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gatlaw February 21 2014 at 1:11 PM

There appears to be a growing sentiment among readers that lying is acceptable. Armstrong lied and received millions as a result. He should be forced to disgorge all funds received as a result of his lies. The money should go into a fund that prosecutes Armstrong and others whose lies have resulted in their receiving money they otherwise would not receive. In Civil court, litigants may lie with relative impunity. I am involved in a dispute with my sisters WHO COMMITTED PERJURY when they filed affidavits with the court. Documentary proof of their lies exist. According to the Criminal Statutes, perjury in court is a FELONY. Yet, even getting a district attorney to review the matter is difficult. Finally, someone is looking into it! While millions of dollars is NOT involved in my dispute, reputations are at stake and will have consequences going forward long after the litigation is ended. What kind of message is sent by Armstrong when he defends his right to keep his money after all the lies are uncovered? He is saying its better to lie, make a fortune, and get caught, then to be honest and not make a fortune. That simply should NOT be acceptable.

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Innahouse gatlaw February 21 2014 at 1:26 PM

Lying is wrong, period. What should be done about the money that has been spent on homes, cars, boats, etc.? Should the wife and kids suffer for his wrong-doing? He should definitely have to pay it all back from his own work......although what can he do for work? Does he have any skills, other than riding a bike (while on drugs)?

Another question might be.....why are the endorsements and bonuses so big? Doesn't that just encourage people to cheat, in one way or another? Our culture has priorities SO screwed up! Athletes get millions........social workers, those who work with the elderly (LPNs, CNAs, cooks) get a pittance. Where are our values, really? Lance Armstrong winning a race didn't enhance anybody's life except Lance Armstrong's. The world isn't any better off for his (or any athlete, for that matter) winning a race!

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phardynetmail Innahouse February 21 2014 at 1:46 PM

Lance Armstrong did not only cheat at his sport, he also committed financial fraud. Those whom he defrauded are entitled to seek redress, just as those conned by Bernie Madoff have done. It seems impossible that ALL the money Armstrong "acquired" under false pretenses can ever be returned, but neither he nor any member of his family is entitled to continue living lavishly as result of his crimes.

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lawrencefishberg February 21 2014 at 7:54 PM

When this guy was first being accused of doping, he railed against the accusers and called them liars....he tried to ruin their reputations ......he is as rotten as a rusted bike.

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Roberto De Gomez February 21 2014 at 1:10 PM

Let this die.....declare bankruptcy; and quietly disappear Lance.

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phardynetmail Roberto De Gomez February 21 2014 at 2:11 PM

Mr. Armstrong defrauded sponsors of hundreds of millions of dollars. Do you really think that he should be allowed to enjoy his now immense wealth without any effort to recompense those whom he deceived? Or should he be sharing a cell with Bernie Madoff?

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pasturemuffins February 21 2014 at 1:04 PM

Only a hero to other losers who have to cheat and steal their way to the winner's circle. When you get past the third grade, maybe you'll realize the importance of achievement without cheating to get it.

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