dglobalnews.com Lance Armstrong fails to block $100m lawsuit
Published: Thu, February 16, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Lance Armstrong fails to block $100m lawsuit

Lance Armstrong fails to block $100m lawsuit

The US government is suing Armstrong on behalf of the US Postal Service (USPS) and is seeking $100 million (AUD$130 million) in damages.

US District Judge Christopher Cooper ruled on Monday, that the case must be decided by a jury.

The case will now be presented in front of a jury at a future date.

The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis.

Armstrong won seven editions of the Tour de France between 1999 and 2005, but later admitted to doping and had the wins stripped and was banned from cycling for life in 2012.

The U.S Postal Service had paid $32.3 million to sponsor Armstrong's cycling team from 2000 to 2004 and said that it would not have done so if it was aware the team was violating its contract by using banned drugs and blood transfusions to cheat in races.

David M. Finkelstein, an attorney in the Justice Department's civil fraud section, said the Postal Service had not studied the financial impact after Armstrong first admitted the doping in January 2013 during an interview with Oprah Winfrey.

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Armstrong had asked for the case to be dismissed on the grounds that USPS did benefit from their sponsorship deal despite the doping scandal. "(But) disregarding any benefits USPS received from the sponsorship could bestow the government with an undeserved windfall.

Landis's lead lawyer, Paul D. Scott of San Francisco, said a failure to punish Armstrong for "the greatest doping conspiracy in the history of sport" would reward him and his supporters, sending the message that "if you keep it quiet for long enough, then you don't have to pay it back".

Lance Armstrong faces the prospect of "financial ruin" after he failed to block a $100m (£80m) lawsuit brought by the United States government against him and his former team.

Armstrong got almost $13.5 million.

Eliot Peters, an attorney for Armstrong, did not respond to a request for comment. If the government's case succeeds, Landis acting as the whistleblower stands to get a cut of the damages. "Accordingly, the Court declines to grant Armstrong summary judgment on damages and will set the case for trial".

On Monday, a federal judge opened the door for a government lawsuit to peddle its way to trial.

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