Lance Armstrong Lawsuit by USPS for $100M to Go to Trial

The cyclist who was busted for using PEDs contends the government got more than enough benefits from the relationship but a judge will allow a jury to decide

A federal judge has allowed a civil lawsuit brought by the USA government against disgraced former pro cyclist Lance Armstrong to proceed, tossing aside Armstrong's arguments that the case should be dismissed.

As first reported by U.S. Today, the decision was made by U.S. district judge Christopher Cooper who sided with the federal government after Armstrong's lawyers asked Cooper to throw out the case with a summary judgment ruling.

Paul Scott, an attorney for Landis, said: "We look forward to the day soon when we can put this case before the jury at long last".

They said that the athlete defrauded the government by accepting millions in sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service when he was doping to earn his Tour de France victories.

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In 2012, Armstrong was stripped of his seven cycling titles after a government agency accused him of engineering a sophisticated drugging system in order to gain an unfair advantage over his opponents. In 2013, the federal government intervened in the case after Armstrong admitted to doping during his career.

Armstrong's defence team argued the USPS had not suffered any damaged in the scandal, and profited from the sponsorship deal. "(But) disregarding any benefits USPS received from the sponsorship could bestow the government with an undeserved windfall.

Defense attorney Elliot R. Peters, with Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco, said the ruling shows there is no evidence of quantifiable financial harm to USPS.

"The Court generally adopts Armstrong's proposed "benefit-of-the-bargain" approach to calculating damages in FCA [False Claims Act] cases, like this one, where the market value of goods or services supplied under a government contract are hard to determine", Cooper wrote.

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The suit was filed by Armstrong's former team-mate Floyd Landis and joined by the government in 2013.

LANCE ARMSTRONG has lost his bid to block a £79MILLION United States government lawsuit.

Armstrong has tried to have the case dropped, claiming that the sponsorship benefited the Postal Service and was worth more to USPS than the $32m it paid to his now disbanded team, Tailwind Sports Corporation.

"So the government may now proceed to a trial that, as a practical matter, it can not win", he said. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France victory for doping, as well.

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