The Texas State Supreme Court said Friday a sponsor that paid Lance Armstrong $12 million in bonus money can sue the disgraced cyclist to recover all of it.
Armstrong claimed during an arbitration in 2005 that doping allegations against him were false and he was the rightful winner of seven Tour de France titles.
The arbitration ruled that SCA Promotions couldn’t withhold or recoup bonuses for his 2002, 2003 and 2004 wins.
But last year, after Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles and given a life ban from cycling for doping, he admitted using banned performance enhancing drugs.
Since then, Texas-based SCA has been trying to reclaim the bonus money from Armstrong and the parent company of his U.S. Postal Service cycling team, Tailwind Sports, along with legal fees and interest, Bicycling said.
With Friday’s Texas Supreme Court decision, Armstrong must now give a deposition under oath to SCA’s lawyers on June 12 in the company’s suit to overturn the arbitration and recover the money.
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