gavelThis week, U.S. District Judge Morrison England, came to a decision regarding the book lawsuit brought against Lance Armstrong.  The judge decided for Armstrong.

According to the lawsuit, several consumers alleged that they purchased Armstrong's books, ''It's Not About The Bike'' and ''Every Second Counts,” believing them to be “inspirational true accounts.”  They further claim that the books should have been labeled “fictional” as opposed to non-fiction.

Consumers Allege Armstrong of Fraud and False Advertising

These readers sued Armstrong in federal court seeking more than $5 million in damages. According to the lawsuit, the consumers accused Armstrong and his publishers of committing the following:

  • Fraud
  • False advertising

Lucky for Armstrong, Judge England sided with Armstrong.  The judge agreed with Armstrong that the books are free speech protected by the First Amendment.

I can’t help but wonder, how many autobiographies are actually completely truthful?  I’m surely not implying that Armstrong’s actions were acceptable, but I would definitely not purchase an autobiography expecting everything in it to be true.

What are your thoughts?