Fight Between Armstrong and USPS Reaches Pivotal Junction

The legal battle between Lance Armstrong and the United States Postal Service (USPS) has reached a pivotal point, with a report saying a ruling is expected soon on whether the case will proceed to trial or be thrown out at the summary judgment stage. In its claim, the government claims that USPS paid $32.3 million to sponsor Armstrong’s team, and also paid Armstrong $17 million while spending almost $40 million appearing as the main title sponsor on several of Armstrong’s teams. The government is seeking …

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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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