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Monday News: Ladies are spending more money on books than men;...

By marketing himself as a drug-free All-American hero, Roddy argued that Armstrong induced consumers into buying books they would not have purchased if they had known the truth about his cheating and doping. If they had known Armstrong’s story was a “fairy tale,” Roddy said, “nobody would have paid more than a penny” for the books.

The parties seem to agree that the lies within the the pages of the book are all protected speech and it is the marketing around the book that is the subject of the lawsuit. In essence, the plaintiffs argue that this is a truth in advertising claim whereas the defendants want the case to be measured under First Amendment right to free speech. USA Today

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  1. Darlynne
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 09:12:51

    … because it was commercial speech designed to be part of a larger fraud Armstrong perpetrated on the public.

    Sleazy and priceless. It’s OK because he meant to deceive everyone in the first place. This has awesome written all over it.

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  2. Amanda
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 16:07:07

    I am not sure what I think about the Lance Armstrong lawsuit. Sure he lied and falsely represented himself but can we sue people for not being truthful in their biography? What about those people who write “tell-all” biographies on others without their consent. Sometimes those types of books can be incredibly inaccurate . Do readers have a right to sue after reading those books?

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  3. Susan
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 18:53:18

    I used to buy all of my Mom’s books (paper and e). Even tho she’d have counted as a female buyer herself, she wouldn’t have bought a fraction of the quantity if left to her own devices.

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  4. MikiS
    Aug 12, 2013 @ 20:32:15

    Interesting percentage on the book buying. I thought the stereotype was that “boys don’t read”. If that were true, I’d have expected the percentage to be much higher!

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