Judge Rules Armstrong Lied Legally

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Lance Armstrong racing in the 2010 Cancer Council Hotline Classic in Adelaide     Photo: PoweriPics

A federal judge has ruled that Lance Armstrong had a right to lie to readers in his autobiographical books, throwing out a lawsuit asking for more than $5 million in damages. According to USA TODAY, a group of Armstrong's readers filed a suit accusing the former cyclist of penning "fairy tales" designed to dupe them into buying his books.

"The Court concludes, despite plaintiffs' allegations that the Armstrong books contained false and misleading statements, that the content of the books is afforded full First Amendment protection," [U.S. District Judge Morrison England] wrote.

It's one of five fraud lawsuits filed since Armstrong confessed on Oprah Winfrey, including a $3 million lawsuit filed by an insurance company.

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