WASHINGTON, April 24 (Xinhua) -- An appeals court rejected disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's attempts to block an arbitration panel from reviewing a settlement a company wants to reopen in the light of his doping case.
The Dallas-based Fifth Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday it doesn't have jurisdiction at this stage of an arbitration matter after it temporarily halted the case at Armstrong's request in March.
The company, SCA Promotions, wants to reopen a 2006 settlement in which it paid 12 millions U.S. dollars to Armstrong as bonus money, and sued the cyclist after his 2013 admission to doping during his career to win the Tour de France.
Thursday's ruling will allow the arbitration to proceed. State law will allow Armstrong to appeal any final judgment if the panel rules against him.