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Lance Armstrong Book Lawsuit: Readers Demand Compensation For Works Of 'Fiction'

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 01/23/13 EST Updated: 01/24/13 EST

Perhaps they were inspired by a library prank suggesting Lance Armstrong's books had been moved to the fiction section?

A group of Californians have filed suit against the infamous cyclist and his publishers, claiming Armstrong's books should never have been sold as works of non-fiction.

According to KXTV, the suit argues Armstrong's best-selling books "It's Not About The Bike," and "Every Second Counts" were not actually the inspirational works they seemed; instead, the suit argues, they were full of false advertising, misrepresentation, fraud and deceit.

Armstrong famously won 7 Tour de France titles between 1999 and 2005. During that period, he authored several books about his return to cycling after beating testicular cancer. He also vehemently denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

In a 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong came clean on having used banned substances in all his victories. That's enough, claims the new lawsuit, for readers of his book to feel cheated.

According to the suit, Armstrong and the books' publishers "knew or should have known these books were works of fiction," USA Today reports. Had they known "the true facts concerning Armstrong's misconduct," the plaintiffs would never have purchased them.

Courthouse News reports the suit is being spearheaded by Rob Stutzman, a PR consultant and former deputy chief of staff for communications for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. About 100 others have also signed on, with hopes their numbers can result in a class-action case.

Plenty of others are riding the lawsuit train against Armstrong for various other reasons. While many will not result in any compensation, they still carry weight.

"Sometimes they are filed because the bad guys who've been lying and cheating and make it all the way to the top deserve to be bothered," Bill Portanova, a legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, explained to KXTV.

He continued, "Piling on a lawsuit, you shouldn't have any sympathy, have a guy who's been cheating. Whether or not this lawsuit will result in a payment coming back to anyone else is unlikely."