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Federal judge rules against Lance Armstrong

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PETE YOST, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss the government’s lawsuit against disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong and a number of associates for alleged doping and use of banned performance-enhancing techniques.

From 1999 to 2004, Armstrong was the lead rider on a team sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, and he won the Tour de France every year during that period.

On Thursday, Judge Robert Wilkins ruled in favor of the government’s position that Armstrong and associates owed an obligation to pay money due to the alleged breach of the sponsorship agreements with the postal service.

The Postal Service paid about $40 million to be the title sponsor of Armstrong’s teams for six of his seven Tour de France victories.

The judge said the government’s complaints are rife with allegations that the Austin, Texas, cyclist had knowledge of the doping and that he made false statements to conceal it.

The Justice Department says the cyclist violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service and was “unjustly enriched” while cheating to win the Tour de France.

The Justice Department stepped into the case last year, joining a whistleblower lawsuit brought by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis under the federal False Claims Act.

Wilkins, a newly appointed appeals judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, is sitting as a U.S. district judge in the lawsuit against Armstrong.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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