About a six weeks ago, in the middle of the Tour de France, I posted a story about Greg LeMond and his legal woes with Trek Bicycles. The two have sued one another over implications that each has done things to harm the others business. Trek accuses LeMond of damaging the sales of his line of bikes, which they build, because of his outspoken criticism of Lance Armstrong and the state of cycling in general. LeMond says Trek is in breach of contract since they down played his line of bikes to more fully support and promote Armstrong.
In an odd twist, an inmate at a federal prison in Williamsburg, South Carolina filed a motion to intervene in the lawsuit in July, alleging that he and other inmates produce bikes for LeMond under the Federal Prison Industry Unicor Program for 12 cents an hour, a violation of minimum wage laws. The inmate also claimed LeMond bicycle are shipped to Iranian troops for training purposes, violating the “Training with Enemy” Act.
One word. “Wow!” So now we’ve got labor laws possibly involved and who knew that LeMond Bicycles were a threat to national security?!? Crazy stuff. This case is now expected to drag on into 2010, which is when the contract between LeMond and Trek was scheduled to expire anyway. You can’t make this stuff up folks! (On a side note, in the image I used for this post, LeMond looks as shocked as everyone else to hear this news! And is that Gary Busey standing behind him?)
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