Lance Armstrong reached a settlement on Wednesday in one of the fraud cases spawned by his confession that his Tour De France victories were fueled by doping. USA Today reported the agreement reached between Armstrong and Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance allowed Armstrong to avoid a scheduled deposition in which he would have been asked to talk about his doping practices under oath.
Armstrong has not given sworn testimony since he admitted to US television host Oprah Winfrey in January that he doped throughout a career that saw him win the Tour de France seven times. Armstrong has been stripped of those victories and handed a life ban from the sport. The Acceptance Insurance Company sued Armstrong and the Tailwind Sports Corporation in March claiming he committed fraud by concealing his use of performance enhancing drugs during the 1999, 2000 and 2001 Tours.
The lawsuit sought repayment of $3 million “in undeserved an unearned pay Lance Armstrong obtained by fraud,” the suit filed in Travis County Court in Austin, Texas. The payment cited was a $3 million bonus paid to Armstrong for his first three Tour victories.
Armstrong attorney Tim Herman told USA Today only that the case had been “resolved to the mutual satisfaction of the parties”.
On Monday, Armstrong asked a federal judge to dismiss the US government’s fraud case against him, claiming prosecutors missed statute of limitations deadlines to file. Armstrong has also been sued by Texas-based insurance company SCA Promotions over other bonus payments, a case that has gone to arbitration. Armstrong testified under oath in a 2005 lawsuit after SCA withheld a bonus payment over then-unproven doping allegations and the company paid Armstrong $7 million. In August he settled a lawsuit with Britain’s Sunday Times over the damages the newspaper was forced to pay over its report that he had used banned substances.