After yesterday’s news that Lance Armstrong’s request for an injunction against the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was thrown out, today it has been reported that Armstrong’s legal team has refiled a shortened version of the lawsuit.
The news comes after USADA issued lifetime bans for three of Armstrong’s former associates: Luis Garcia del Moral, Michele Ferrari and Jose Marti.
Armstrong’s team initially submitted an 80-page complaint to the Federal court in Austin, Texas asking for the judge to prevent the case from moving forward. The judge rejected Armstrong’s request on the basis that much of the document filed contained information designed to win public opinion rather than sound legal argument. Armstrong was given a further 20-days to re-submit the suit. His team has now produced a 25-page document which will request that the judge prevents the case from going forward.
According to the BBC, Armstrong’s latest lawsuit argues that USADA violates athletes’ constitutional rights, that the agency doesn’t have the jurisdiction to bring the charges, and that it may have violated federal law in its investigation.
Armstrong’s team has requested that the judge reach a verdict by Saturday, which is the deadline to either accept the charges and sanctions laid out by USADA, or take the case to arbitration.
If found guilty, Armstrong stands to lose his seven Tour de France titles.
Armstrong’s legal team has also argued that by withholding witness identities, USADA is preventing him for mounting a legitimate defence.