2 Mar 2013

Armstrong faces two new lawsuits

12:05 pm on 2 March 2013

Disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong is now facing two more lawsuits in the wake of his admission that all seven of his Tour de France victories were fuelled by banned drugs.

The Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Company sued Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corporation claiming he commited fraud by concealing his use of performance enhancing drugs during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tours.

They say Armstrong committed fraud and their suit seeks repayment of $3.6 million in undeserved and unearned pay Armstrong obtained, citing a bonus paid to Armstrong for his first three Tour victories.

Armstrong has also been sued in a federal court in Los Angeles in a class-action lawsuit claiming Armstrong and FRS - maker of nutritional supplements - engaged in false advertising.

He also faces two prior lawsuits, one seeking more than $14.5 million over bonus money paid for Tour titles and the other a fraud lawsuit that the US government said it would join last week, one that could deliver a triple-damages blow costing Armstrong more than $109 million.

And Armstrong could now be stripped of the Legion d'Honneur, France's highest honour, to go with the seven Tour titles he's had deleted.