Lance Armstrong Settles Fraud Case for $5 Million

As we have previously reported, Lance Armstrong has been battling a dispute with former teammate, Floyd Landis, and the United States Postal Service (USPS) over his illicit use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), which has apparently cost the government millions in undue sponsorship costs. On April 29, 2018, Armstrong agreed to settle the issue for $5 million, although the USPS initially sought close to $100 million. Of that $5 million, Landis is expected to receive $1.65 million. The stir initially began in 2006, when Armstrong…
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Discovery Disputes Continue in Lance Armstrong, DOJ Lawsuit

In June 2010, Floyd Landis — retired professional road racing cyclist — filed a lawsuit under the federal False Claims Act, alleging that the doping at the United States Postal Service (USPS) professional cycling team amounted to defrauding the federal government, which was the team’s primary sponsor. Landis named a number of defendants, including seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. In 2013, the federal government, represented by the United States Department of Justice, joined the lawsuit. The False Claims Act is designed to…
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Privileged Communications: Lance Armstrong Opposes Requests for Williams & Connolly LLP Documents

In a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by former professional cyclist Floyd Landis, he recently made a motion requesting the production of communications between his former teammate Lance Armstrong, law firm Williams & Connolly LLP, and Capital Sports and Entertainment Holdings Inc. The lawsuit accuses Armstrong and others of violating a sponsorship agreement with the United States Postal Service by using performance-enhancing drugs. The agreement was worth $40 million. Attorney-client privilege may be overcome by proof that the communications at issue were made in furtherance…
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Armstrong Can’t Escape DOJ Fraud Suit

On Thursday June 19, 2014, Judge Robert Wilkins of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled on Lance Armstrong’s motion to dismiss the fraud case he is facing against the US Department of Justice. In an 81 page ruling, Judge Wilkins denied Armstrong’s request without prejudice. Armstrong argued that the case should be dismissed on two grounds. First, he argued the six-year statute of limitations on bringing the suit had run. He also argued the government knew he was using…
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