As the Tour de France races through the French countryside this month, Lance Armstrong has responded to continual doping charges against him by filing a suit in the Federal Courts of Texas. Armstrong claims that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is waging a personal vendetta against him in an attempt to strip him of his seven Tour titles. According to The New York Times, the complaint alleges that USADA has violated Armstrong’s right to due process in its doping charges against the cyclist. Armstrong calls USADA’s procedure a “kangaroo court” and claims that USADA’s arbitration proceedings are one-sided with little hope for accused individuals. USADA has responded by indicating that lawsuits of this type are not uncommon, and USADA has generally prevailed in the past.
District Court Judge, Sam Sparks, swiftly dismissed Lance Armstrong’s suit. The New York Times reports that Judge Sparks indicated that the complaint included numerous allegations that were irrelevant to Armstrong’s case and were most likely included to increase media attention. The Judge granted Armstrong leave to refile within 20 days as long as he left out the superfluous details.