The federal government’s $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong will proceed to trial.
USA TODAY Sports
Lance Armstrong has been scheduled to go to trial for his sins in cycling Nov. 6, setting the stage for a courtroom showdown between him and the federal government that still could cost the former cyclist nearly $100 million.
U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper set the trial date Thursday after failed attempts to settle the case and years of legal wrangling from both sides.
Now the case of The United States of America vs. Lance Armstrong is headed to a jury in Washington, D.C.
Should the former Tour de France winner and cancer survivor have to pay for his doping and the lies he told about it so many years ago?
MORE LANCE ARMSTRONG COVERAGE:
The federal government says he should and is suing Armstrong on behalf of the U.S. Postal Service, which paid $32.3 million to sponsor Armstrong’s cycling team from 2000-04. Its civil fraud lawsuit says Armstrong was unjustly enriched and that the USPS would not have paid the cycling team if it had known it was violating its sponsorship contract by using banned drugs and blood transfusions to cheat in races.
Under the False Claims Act, it is seeking the return of that money times three: nearly $100 million.
In his defense, Armstrong’s attorneys don’t dispute the doping but say the USPS suffered no damages and instead received far more in value from the sponsorship than the $32.3 million it paid for it. At the time of the sponsorship, Armstrong was at the height of his fame wearing the USPS jersey, helping boost the USPS brand worldwide.
The government sees it differently, saying the sponsorship is worth zero because the USPS bargained for a clean cycling team but didn’t get one. Cooper said last week this issue should be decided by a jury.
“The Court concludes that the monetary amount of the…