Justice Department Joins Suit Against Armstrong
Teaming with Floyd Landis
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2013 11:49 AM CST
In this 2010 file photo, Lance Armstrong attends the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, FIle)

(Newser) – The Justice Department has jumped onto Floyd Landis' lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, arguing that the disgraced cyclist defrauded the government by violating its ban on illegal drugs while under contract to race for the US Postal Service team. The government is asking for around $100 million, or about three times what it paid Armstrong, USA Today reports.

Landis had filed a suit against Armstrong under the False Claims Act in 2010, and the government has been considering joining it ever since. Landis stands to gain 25% of the damages as a whistleblower. Armstrong's attorneys say they've been in negotiations with the Justice Department about the case for weeks, but "those talks failed because we disagree about whether the Postal Service was damaged." Armstrong will likely argue that despite the doping, the Postal Service benefited by sponsoring him.

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No-Left-Turn
Feb 24, 2013 2:35 AM CST
These jerks at the DOJ rarely go after anyone who has done real damage to the world, they just want the easy notches on their gun. MF Global allegedly lost hundreds of millions of their clients' money that was supposed to be segregated but was used by the firm, effectively stealing it. Yet, Jon Corzine is walking around with NO charges ever filed. So apparently, in the eyes of this government, taking performance enhancement drugs and riding a bicycle is a worse crime than a brokerage house wiping out thousands of their clients by using and losing their money.
Hammy696969
Feb 23, 2013 1:39 PM CST
Nail the cheating dirtbag.
Tology
Feb 23, 2013 12:16 PM CST
What I want to know is why the USPS is wasting money on cycling teams when they can't pay their bills. It makes as much sense as all the money they spend on advertising, last time I checked it was still the only mail service in the country.