US Government sues Armstrong for $131 million

Sport stars banned for drug use

On Monday, a USA federal judge ruled that the government's US$100 million false-claims lawsuit against Lance Armstrong would proceed to trial.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper refused to block the lawsuit, putting the former cyclist once again on trial for the 2010 case.

The federal government is suing Amstrong on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service and is seeking $100 million in damages alleging Armstrong defrauded the U.S. Postal Service during its sponsorship of his team in the 1990s and early 2000s.

Dogged by allegations of doping for years, Armstrong became a pariah when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency concluded in 2012 that he had used banned substances from 1998 through his entire career, banned him from cycling for life and stripped him of his wins, including his seven Tour de France titles. He was stripped of those titles and banned from competition. After repeatedly denying the accusations, Armstrong publicly acknowledged to years of doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January of 2013.

"That's the only active case, so it gets a little trickier to talk about - just because I do not want to get crushed by lawyers - but we like our case", Armstrong said on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast.

According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by LawNewz, Armstrong's team received $32,267,279 in compensation from the USPS over the course of a lengthy sponsorship deal.

Armstrong had been one of the most popular sports figures on the planet before his cheating confession.

The suit was originally filed by Armstrong's former teammate, Floyd Landis, before the government joined it in 2013.

Eliot Peters, an attorney for Armstrong, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

When Lance Armstrong went public about his use of performance-enhancing drugs, he took a really big hit financially as he lost all his major sponsors and had to pay more than $10 million in damages and settlements.

On Monday, a federal judge opened the door for a government lawsuit to peddle its way to trial. "Accordingly, the Court declines to grant Armstrong summary judgment on damages and will set the case for trial".

The foundation, which removed him from its board and renamed itself Livestrong, has struggled in the aftermath as donations and revenue plummeted.

"The U.S. Postal Service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship of the cycling team".

The cancer survivor was stripped of his seven tour victories after the U.S. anti-doping agency uncovered a clandestine and sophisticated doping programme.

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