Lance Armstrong’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Nebraska based Acceptance Insurance Holdings has been denied by a Texas judge. The company’s lawsuit is seeking $3 million in bonuses it paid the former Tour de France cycling champ from 1999-2001.
The company filed the suit shortly after Armstrong admitted to using performance enhancing drugs to the win the bike race in consecutive years from 1999-2005. Armstrong’s lawyers argued that the statute of limitations on any fraud and/or breach of contract claims expired in 2011. Acceptance Insurance Holdings countered that since Armstrong admitted to doping only recently, their claims are still valid and within the limitation’s time frame.
Travis County, Texas, judge Darlene Byrne denied Armstrong’s request on Monday, allowing the case to move forward.