Austin, Texas: Lance Armstrong has asked a Texas court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Dallas promotions company seeking repayment of more than $12 million in bonuses paid for winning the Tour de France.
SCA Promotions sued Armstrong and his manager Bill Stapleton in state district court in Dallas in February, claiming Armstrong committed fraud by using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour seven times. SCA paid Armstrong's team management company Tailwind Sports for several of those victories, which have been stripped away.
The sides have been battling since 2005, when SCA tried to withhold the bonus money. Armstrong sued, sending the case in a lengthy arbitration process where the company tried to prove Armstrong doped.