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Lance Armstrong loses bid to halt $100 million lawsuit

Lance Armstrong loses bid to halt $100 million lawsuit

The government is asking for triple damages for sponsorship of Armstrong's U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, or $100 million, of which Landis could receive up to 25 percent.

Landis, himself a former Tour victor caught cheating, would be entitled to up to 25 percent of any money recovered.

A federal judge cleared the way on Monday for a USA government lawsuit that is seeking almost $100m in damages from former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong to go to trial, court papers show.

"The Court generally adopts Armstrong's proposed "benefit-of-the-bargain" approach to calculating damages in FCA [False Claims Act] cases, like this one, where the market value of goods or services supplied under a government contract are hard to determine", Cooper wrote. He was stripped by cycling authorities of the seven Tour de France championships he had won from 1999 through 2005, and banned from the sport.

According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by LawNewz, Armstrong's team received $32,267,279 in compensation from the USPS over the course of a lengthy sponsorship deal.

"That's the only active case, so it gets a little trickier to talk about - just because I do not want to get crushed by lawyers - but we like our case", Armstrong said on the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast.

"Giving Armstrong "credit" for the benefits he delivered while using (performance-enhancing drugs) could be viewed as an unjust reward for having successfully concealed his doping for so long", Cooper wrote. The decision clears the case to go to trial.

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"The finish line for Mr. Armstrong.is fast approaching", Scott said.

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

Armstrong was said to have run "the most sophisticated doping scheme in sport" by the USA anti-doping agency.

In his ruling, the judge accepted part of Armstrong's argument that the Postal Service had secured "substantial" benefits from its sponsorship of Armstrong and his global racing team from 1995 to 2004.

Lance Armstrong is set to face a $100 million lawsuit tied to his years of doping. "So the government may now proceed to a trial that, as a practical matter, it can not win".

Armstrong's cheating was finally uncovered in 2012 when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, armed with sworn testimony from Landis and other former teammates, moved to strip Armstrong of his titles.

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