In 2004, The Sunday Times’ sports correspondent David Walsh co-authored a book called "LA Confidential" which painted a picture of drug use by Lance Armstrong but didn’t make any outright accusations. The book was published only in French.
The Sunday Times repeated claims from the book in an article in June 2004 and Armstrong launched a libel suit. This went into and out of the English courts as lawyers fought over what could and could not be used as evidence.
Yesterday, the case was settled out of court on the same day as the Spanish drugs operation blew apart the Tour de France.
A joint statement from Lance Armstrong and News Corpotation, owner of the Sunday Times, said:
"The Sunday Times has confirmed to Mr. Armstrong that it never intended to accuse him of being guilty of taking any performance enhancing drugs and sincerely apologised for any such impression."
There’s no word on whether any cash payment is part of the out-of-court settlement.