Judge Allows Lawsuit Against Lance Armstrong To Proceed

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LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2014 (AFP) – A US federal judge on Thursday denied
Lance Armstrong’s request to dismiss the government’s $100 million fraud
lawsuit filed against the disgraced American cyclist.

US District Judge Robert Wilkins said the American government can proceed
with the case that alleges Armstrong defrauded the government by accepting
sponsorship money from the US Postal Service while using performance-enhancing
drugs.

“The court denies without prejudice the defendants’ motion to dismiss the
government’s action as time-barred,” Wilkins wrote in his opinion.

Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and
handed a life ban from the sport, eventually admitting last year, after more
than 10 years of denials, that all seven triumphs were fueled by banned drugs.

Armstrong finally admitted to doping during a television interview
broadcast in January 2013 with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

The case was originally brought against Armstrong by former teammate and
fellow American Floyd Landis. The Justice Department chose to intervene and
filed its own case against Armstrong.

The government said the US Postal Service was duped into paying Armstrong
and his teammates $40 million from 1998 to 2004.

In February of last year, the US government filed the suit against
Armstrong demanding $100 million in damages on behalf of Armstrong’s then
major sponsor the US Postal Service.

Armstrong argued in November that the courts should dismiss the
government’s case against him, saying they waited more than 10 years to file
suit.

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