A federal judge gave the green light Monday for a U.S. government lawsuit that accuses the seven-time Tour de France champion of fraudulently accepting millions of dollars in sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service, court papers show.
Armstrong got almost $13.5 million. While Armstrong has been stripped of all his Tour de France titles, he may also have to pay $100 million in damages to the U.S Postal Service who sponsored Armstrong's cycling team from 2000 to 2004.
Armstrong settled a long-running dispute with Dallas-based insurer SCA Promotions for $7.5 million in 2015.
According to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by LawNewz, Armstrong's team received $32,267,279 in compensation from the USPS over the course of a lengthy sponsorship deal.
The Armstrong camp had requested the case be dismissed. After repeatedly denying the accusations, Armstrong publicly acknowledged to years of doping in an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January of 2013. The decision clears the case to go to trial. "The same could be said of Landis, whose role in this entire affair some would view as less than pure".
"The finish line for Mr. Armstrong.is fast approaching", Scott said.
"As the court's opinion reveals, there is no actual evidence of any quantifiable financial harm to the USPS", said Elliot R. Peters, lead attorney for Armstrong.
Armstrong conceded in 2013 that he had used performance enhancing drugs as a rider despite years of strenuous denials in the face of persistent rumors.
The government's case claims that Armstrong, his team's owner - Tailwind Sports Corp. - and the team's sporting director, Johan Bruyneel, violated the False Claims Act by taking payments from the Postal Service while "actively concealing the team's violations of the agreements' anti-doping provisions".
Armstrong argued that the funds paid by the postal service were far surpassed by the economic benefits it allegedly reaped as a result of its sponsorship.
On Monday, a federal judge opened the door for a government lawsuit to peddle its way to trial.
Armstrong's cheating was finally uncovered in 2012 when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, armed with sworn testimony from Landis and other former teammates, moved to strip Armstrong of his titles.