Lance Armstrong fails to block US$100m lawsuit

 

Lance Armstrong  (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

Lance Armstrong (AP Photo/Peter Morrison, File)

The US Justice Department is seeking nearly US$100 million in damages from Armstrong, charging that he cheated the government when the US Postal Service sponsored the team he led.

Screen Shot 2017-02-14 at 3.04.47 PM

The decision by Judge Christopher Cooper, in Washington, DC, comes as a major blow to Armstrong, who had requested the case be thrown out. He claims the lawsuits were unfounded and that the US Postal Service benefited from his lucrative sponsorship deal.

Cooper overruled that argument in his 37-page decision, arguing that a jury must decide the issue of injury suffered by the United States postal services.

The US Postal Service paid more than US$32 million to Tailwind Sports Corporation, the now-defunct Lance Armstrong cycling team.

Lance Armstrong signals seven for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race as he pedals during the 21st and final stage of the race between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart said Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, that the agency will ban Armstrong from cycling for life and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles for doping. Armstrong on Thursday night dropped any further challenges to USADA's allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win cycling's premier event from 1999-2005. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Lance Armstrong signals seven for his seventh straight win in the Tour de France cycling race as he pedals during the 21st and final stage of the race between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. U.S. Anti-Doping Agency chief executive Travis Tygart said Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, that the agency will ban Armstrong from cycling for life and strip him of his seven Tour de France titles for doping. Armstrong on Thursday night dropped any further challenges to USADA’s allegations that he took performance-enhancing drugs to win cycling’s premier event from 1999-2005. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Armstrong in October 2012 was stripped of his seven victories (1999-2005) in the Tour de France after the American Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) accused him of actively taking part in one of the most sophisticated doping programs ever seen in sports.

Oprah Winfrey talks to cyclist Lance Armstrong in Austin, Texas.

Oprah Winfrey talks to cyclist Lance Armstrong in Austin, Texas.

Armstrong in January 2013 finally acknowledged to American television host Oprah Winfrey that he took part in doping.

 

EmailShare