Two Californians are suing Lance Armstrong, Random House, and Penguin for presenting Armstrong’s It’s Not About the Bike and Every Second Counts as autobiographies when they were fiction. The Bookseller is reporting the plaintiffs, Rob Stutzman and Jonathan Wheeler, filed a complaint January 22, 2013 in federal court in Sacramento. They say they would not have bought the books had they known the truth. Do you think these readers have a valid case, or is this just a waste of tax payers’ money?
I agree that Armstrong should not continue to profit for perpetuating a fraud, but I think these readers are taking it a bit too far. They’re assuming his publishers were in on Armstrong’s hoax; and the “unspecified damages” they’re looking for reek of opportunism. If anything at all, they’re entitled to the $15-30 they spent on the books — that’s it!