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Lance Armstrong sued for lying in his books

Lance Armstrong's popular books are based on lies and false advertising, former fans charge in a lawsuit.

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A woman as she watches the CBS morning show featuring TV presenter Oprah Winfrey talking about her interview with the cyclist Lance Armstrong, Washington DC, January 15, 2013. (MLADEN ANTONOV /AFP/Getty Images)

Now that he's admitted to doping, Lance Armstrong's inspirational memoirs aren't so inspirational anymore, and some of his readers are demanding a refund.

Two California men have filed suit against Lance Armstrong and his book publishers in federal court for fraud and false advertising. The named plaintiffs in the class action suit are Rob Stutzman, a public relations executive who served as a deputy chief of staff for former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jonathan Wheeler, a chef and amateur cyclist, Reuters reported

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The lawsuit explains that Armstrong's books, "It's Not About the Bike" and "Every Second Counts," were marketed as non-fiction, which is why the plaintiffs purchased the books. But, in fact, the "defendants knew or should have known that these books were works of fiction," the suit argues. Nerds.

The plaintiffs are trying to get a refund for all people in California who bought Armstrong's books, USA Today reported, and claim that they would not have bought the books if they had known "the true facts concerning Armstrong's misconduct."

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