In it he contended that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which is not a government agency, does not have the authority to do what it is trying to do and what could result. What it is attempting is to have a doping investigation of him. If it proves that he is guilty of doping then it will strip it of his title.
Well, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks ruled, reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, that "the court wasn't the place for such disputes." Judge Sparks also noted that earlier Armstrong had signed contracts that if there were doping charges he would address them in arbitration, not court.
Armstrong can appeal the ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans; admit guilt; or argue his case in arbitration before a three-person panel of independent deciders.
At stake is a lot more than the integrity of Armstrong the biking athlete. The brand involves money for endorsements and so on. This is among every sports figure's nightmares. It takes years to build the brand. A scandal, even if not proved, can destroy most of it in hours.