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The Dumbest Lawsuit Yet About Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong finishes the 2012 Power of Four Mountain Bike Race on Aspen Mountain in Colorado
Lance Armstrong finishes the 2012 Power of Four Mountain Bike Race on Aspen Mountain in ColoradoPhotograph by Riccardo S. Savi/Getty Images

Do you believe anything disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong says? I don’t. But I also can’t believe that a bunch of consumers in California have filed a class action complaining they were ripped off by Armstrong’s now-discredited autobiographies.

You read that correctly. Having discovered that Armstrong, despite years of increasingly implausible denials, actually did use performance-enhancing drugs to win all those yellow jerseys at the Tour de France, the plaintiffs now want $5 million, the biggest share of which undoubtedly would go to their lawyers. You see, when they read It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life, the plaintiffs thought it was 100 percent true. Celebrity autobiographies, after all, are known for their factual precision.