Lance Armstrong Will Face Trial of Lawsuit by US, Judge Rules

Lance Armstrong with Oprah Winfrey

A federal judge on Monday rejected cyclist Lance Armstrong's attempt to knock out a US government lawsuit to collect $100 million it says he owes taxpayers for lost promotional value after he admitted doping while sponsored by the mail service.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper refused Armstrong's motion to dismiss, because of the difficulty of quantifying the damages the Postal Service may have suffered.

Armstrong claims he and the team don't owe the Postal Service anything because the agency made far more off the sponsorship than it paid. His opinion contains language suggesting that the government may face a challenge in collecting anywhere near the $100 million in damages it is seeking, even if it proves Armstrong obtained the sponsorship based on fraudulent representations.

He added, however: "This issue presents a closer question". "(But) disregarding any benefits USPS received from the sponsorship could bestow the government with an undeserved windfall.

He is accused of orchestrating one of the most sophisticated doping schemes in sports.

The former seven-time Tour De France victor made a bid to block the lawsuit which has today been overturned by a judge.

Armstrong, who had long denied using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), admitted to doping in January 2013 during a much publicised interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey. The court found the fallout surrounding Armstrong's widely publicized 2013 confession that he used performance enhancing drugs during his career could lead a jury to conclude the USPS's brand was damaged as a result of its association with Armstrong.

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LANCE ARMSTRONG has lost his bid to block a £79MILLION United States government lawsuit. Landis stands to collect up to 30 percent of that money as a whistleblower.

Judge Cooper's order did not set a trial date.

The lawyer also said a Postal Service presentation in November 2003 stated the USPS had received $109 million worth of media attention and millions in other benefits from Armstrong. The US Postal Service sponsored the team between 1996 and 2004. It is seeking almost $100 million in damages.

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

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

Landis' attorney, Paul D. Scott, of San Francisco, said he was "delighted" with the ruling and that the finish line for Armstrong is "fast approaching".

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