Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has been no match so far for the False Claims Act.
A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday denied Armstrong’s request to dismiss the FCA suit brought against him by former teammate Floyd Landis and the federal government. The suit alleges fraud against the U.S. Postal Service, which sponsored Armstrong during the years when, he now admits, he was doping.
Armstrong’s lawyers had argued that the government had brought the claims too late because it knew or should have known much earlier of Armstrong’s doping. But Judge Robert L. Wilkins ruled that a prior investigation into doping by Armstrong did not put the government on notice of his cheating. The earlier investigation actually vindicated Armstrong, who did not admit to doping until January 2013.
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