DLG Luce – Austin – Lance Armstrong Lawsuit Dismissed

As recently reported in the New York Times, Armstrong’s lawsuit against the United States Anti-Doping Agency was dismissed on Monday. The Court’s dismissal of the lawsuit allows the United States Anti-Doping Agency to move forward with a case against him according to the article.

Judge Sam Sparks of the Austin United States District Court for the Western District of Texas acknowledged that the case had ‘troubling aspects.’ The Judge also noted that the antidoping agency had r’ules that were robust enough to deal with the case.’ 

As stated by the Court, “Federal courts should not interfere with an amateur sports organization’s disciplinary procedures unless the organization shows wanton disregard for its rules, to the immediate and irreparable harm of a plaintiff, where the plaintiff has no other available remedy,” Sparks said in his ruling. “To hold otherwise would be to turn federal judges into referees for a game in which they have no place, and about which they know little.”

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