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Lance Armstrong's $100 million battle with the US government is headed for a jury trial after a ruling by a federal judge denied his request to throw out the case.
Cycling Central

14 Feb 2017 - 8:21 AM  UPDATED 14 Feb 2017 - 8:29 AM

The US government is suing Armstrong on behalf of the US Postal Service (USPS) and is seeking $100 million (AUD$130 million) in damages.

The US Postal Service, who sponsored Armstrong's team from 2000 to 2004, claimed it would not have done so if it had known the team was using banned substances and methods to win seven consecutive Tours de France, and alleged brand and reputational damage.

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Armstrong's attorneys have countered with the argument that the USPS did not suffer damages from the revelations and in fact received a positive return on its $32.3 million (AUD$42 million) sponsorship.

However, Cooper concluded that there was the possibility of brand damage to USPS and "the determination of damages must therefore be left to a jury" as he set the case for trial.

The lawsuit was originally filed in 2010 by Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis, who stands to collect up to 25 per cent of the settlement as a whistleblower.

A trial date has not yet been set for the case.

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