Click photo to enlarge
Saturday January 26, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- An aide to former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he was so taken by Lance Armstrong’s first memoir of battling back from cancer to win the Tour de France multiple times that he immediately read it "cover to cover" and recommended it to several friends.

Now he wants his money back -- and then some.

Rob Stutzman and several others who bought Armstrong’s "It’s Not About The Bike" and "Every Second Counts" have filed a lawsuit in Sacramento federal court. It alleges Armstrong duped them into believing the books were inspirational true accounts of the cyclist’s accomplishments done without performance-enhancing drugs.

The lawsuit accuses Armstrong and the books’ publishers of committing fraud, false advertising and other wrongdoing for publishing the cyclist’s vehement denials that he wasn’t a cheat.

The lawsuit seeks class-action status on behalf of all readers who felt misled by Armstrong’s denials of drug use in "It’s Not About The Bike," published in 2000, and "Every Second Counts," published three years later.

The lawsuit says Stutzman met Armstrong when the cyclist visited with Schwarzenegger.

"At that time, Stutzman thanked Defendant Armstrong for writing his book and told him it was very inspiring and that he had recommended it to friends who were fighting cancer," the suit says.