In a 25-page rebuke of the allegations that Lance Armstrong defrauded the government when he took sponsorship dollars from the Postal Service with the understanding that there would be no use of performance-enhancing drugs, Armstrong says that the Postal Service should have known that he was doping.
“Instead, the Postal Service renewed the Sponsorship Agreement,” Armstrong’s lawyers, John Keker and Elliot Peters of Keker & Van Nest, LLP, wrote, and “basked in the favorable publicity of its sponsorship.” Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, lost all of his major sponsorship deals, and is banned for life from competition after admitting that he used performance-enhancing drugs.
The U.S. Department of Justice joined the suit in February of 2013. If found to have violated the False Claims Act, Armstrong and others named in the suit, would be liable for as much as triple the amount of the sponsorship, which was roughly $40 million between 1995 and 2004.
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