Sacramento-based Republican strategist Rob Stutzman and local chef Jonathan Wheeler have filed a class- action lawsuit against Lance Armstrong and his publishers, alleging that he deceived readers in a 2001 best-seller.
The suit lays out various "misrepresentations" in Armstrong's "It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life." It says Armstrong credited his Tour de France success to training, diet and drive while denying that he ever used banned substances.
The suit was filed Tuesday in Sacramento's U.S. District Court, alleging unfair business practices, fraud, false advertising and deceit. The complaint seeks attorney's fees and refunds for California customers who purchased the book. Stutzman declined to comment.
Armstrong revealed to Oprah Winfrey last week that the story of his comeback from cancer was a "myth."
Stutzman was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's communications director during the former bodybuilder's first term in Sacramento. He talked to Armstrong when the cyclist met with Schwarzenegger.
"At that time, Stutzman thanked Defendant Armstrong for writing his book and told him it was very inspiring and that he had recommended it to friends who were fighting cancer," the suit says.
California active-duty soldiers and veterans could use state parks for free on Memorial Day and Veterans Day under a new proposal. Assembly Bill 150, by GOP Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen of Modesto, would require participants to be state residents and show current military identification or proof of honorable discharge. Entrance fees also would be waived for those riding in the same vehicle.
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