Justice Department Files Formal Lawsuit Against Lance Armstrong
by Anthony Caruso on May 1, 2013
The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong ahead of the April 23 deadline to file a formal complaint, alleging that he violated his contract with the U.S. Postal Service.
USPS paid roughly $40 million to sponsor Armstrong between 1998 and 2004, and the Justice Department argues that the cyclist violated his contract with the Postal Service by using performance-enhancing drugs to win his seven Tour de France titles, of which he was recently tripped.
The federal lawsuit names Armstrong, team director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports. The Justice Department is seeking triple the damages assessed by a jury, according to The Associated Press. This may enable the government to recoup as much as $120 million from the former cyclist and cancer survivor.
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