Can Arbitration be Denied? Lance Armstrong Thinks So
Wednesday, August, 15, 2012
American cycling champion Lance Armstrong is looking to get a judge on his side. That' because the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) wants to submit him to binding arbitration over allegations of performance-enhancing drugs.
Armstrong's Case Against Contract Arbitration
Lance Armstrong claims that the USADA can't force him into binding arbitration because it simply does not have the authority.
Armstrong and his attorneys claim that the USADA "simply does not have the jurisdiction". They claim that the only association with authority in the matter is the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI).
They also claim that the UCI has directly told the USADA not to proceed with the arbitration.
How Can Armstrong Stop the Legal Arbitration?
Armstrong's lawyers have filed in Austin, TX for a hearing against the USADA. They will be going in front of federal judge Sam Sparks. Once in court, they will try and procure a temporary restraining order against the agency.
Is there a Case Against Armstrong?
Someone at the United States Anti-Doping Agency seems to think there is. The agency is in touch with former teammates who claim that Armstrong and others on the U.S. team have been using performance-enhancing drugs for years.
Armstrong says that during his career, he has taken over 500 different drug tests without ever failing. The USADA claims to have witnesses that will attest to Armstrong's drug use.
The seven-time Tour de France champion claims that someone at the agency has it out for him. Earlier this year, the Department of Justice close its investigation into his career, deciding not to prosecute.