Lance Armstrong Settles $1.5 Million Lawsuit

Lance Armstrong reached a settlement with the Sunday Times in a $1.56 million lawsuit. The British newspaper filed the case, asking for the return of a $400,000 libel payment, $350,000 in costs, plus interest,

In 2004, The Sunday Times suggested that Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. Armstrong won the race seven years in a row.

As reported by NBC News, Armstrong denied the claims. He filed a lawsuit against the newspaper, claiming that their statement was false and defamed his character.

Lance Armstrong won the lawsuit. The Sunday Times was ordered to pay in over $400,000 in damages.

In October 2012, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) concluded that Armstrong had used performance-enhancing drugs between 1999 and 2005. They took away his seven Tour de France titles, and banned him from cycling competitions.

Armstrong continued to deny the claims. Earlier this year, he made an emotional confession in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Lance Armstrong confessed that he had used performance-enhancing drugs throughout his career. He specifically admitted using the drugs while he won the seven Tour de France titles.

As reported by CS Monitor, The Sunday Times filed a lawsuit, demanding that Armstrong return the prior damage award. They also asked for costs and interest, for a total of $1.56 million.

On Sunday, the newspaper announced that they reached a “mutually acceptable final resolution” with Armstrong. The details of the settlement were not disclosed.

As reported by Biography, Armstrong began training with the US Olympic development team during his senior year of high school. In 1990 he became the US National Amateur Champion. The same year, he won the Thrift Drug Classic and the First Union Grand Prix.

In 1993, he raced in his first Tour de France.

Lance Armstrong admits he used performance enhancing drugs. However, he contends that it is part of racing culture.

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