June 21, 2004
French judge rejects 'L.A. Confidential' challenge
In Paris this morning, a judge threw out Lance Armstrong's request that she require publishers of L.A. Confidentiel: Les Secrets de Lance Armstrong to insert a denial created by Armstrong in the book.
The judge ruled that the accusations in the book "do not necessarily constitute defamation."
Still to be litigated are the case in England and a French case to decide whether the book is in fact defamatory.
Lawyers for the publishers, Editions de la Martiniere, said the book was the result of serious inquiry and that upholding the arguments against the publication would amount to the end of investigative journalism.
Update: Above is from the Reuters story. VeloNews has the AFP story, which also notes that Armstrong was required to pay a symbolic 1-euro fine for abuse of the legal system, apparently the equivalent of filing a frivolous lawsuit.
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Posted by: -b- at Jun 21, 2004 11:34:27 AM