SCA is wanting $12 million. The 7.5 million is what they paid out to Lance......they want interest and damages also
everyone always asks for more than they expect to get. that way when the case inevitably settles for less than the asking figure, they end up closer to their real bottom line.
if Lance makes the confession, he'll be facing perjury charges. if he can deal with them (=pay large fines/settlements) does that still make him ..erm.. guilty? like officially?
Depends on the plea deal/settlement. It may require an admission and plea to a lesser offense and payment of a fine. Or it could be structured so that Lance makes no specific admission, the government waives the right to prosecute, and Lance pays to settle the False Claims Act case (in which the United States is the real party in interest).
asking this because i wonder what weight his confession could carry if he's basically a convicted liar? in other words, he may blow the big whistle here, but as an offender himself, one wouldn't be able to use him as a sort of crown witness, no?
I suppose it could be used to cross-examine him and impeach his credibility should he be called to testify against another party (e.g., Bruyneel). But that's no different than any standard criminal case when someone has turned state's evidence. Usually, the impeachment is not successful.
if LA's team can successfully raise a doubt whether SCA knew about doping, he walks paying them exatly nothing, no?
and if he can proove that SCA knew
about his doping issues, could LA seek for damages himself? after all it would mean they pressured him to dope offering large bonuses
That seem fanciful on several counts. It seems doubtful that SCA could have had any concrete knowledge of doping (why would they have signed on to pay him the bonus if they did? In effect, they were betting against Lance winning.) Even if they had a suspicion, the fact that they tried to protect themselves in the contract would vitiate any implied condonation. The idea that they encouraged him to dope by offering a reward (which, remember, they didn't want to pay; they wanted to collect the fee and not have to pay out) has no legal legs whatsoever.
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