Lance Armstrong Settles $100M Lawsuit With USPS, Justice Department

Jeannie Matthews
April 21, 2018

Lance Armstrong has finally agreed to pay up to settle claims that he defrauded the US government by doping to win tournaments while his team was sponsored by the US Postal Service.

Postal Service officials and ex-teammate turned whistleblower Floyd Landis, who originally brought the case, were set to demand he pay £71 million - but Armstrong's lawyers and U.S. Justice Department prosecutors agreed a deal on Thursday (19Apr18).

In his statement, Peters said, "Lance is delighted to put this behind him".

"We've had exactly the same view of this case forever, which was that it was a bogus case because the Postal Service was never harmed", Peters said. Armstrong settled for $5 million just weeks before a trial was scheduled to start. "I'm looking forward to devoting myself to the many great things in my life - my five kids, my wife, my podcast, several exciting writing and film projects, my work as a cancer survivor, and my passion for sports and competition".

The Washington Post also reported that Armstrong will also pay $1.65m to cover the legal costs of former team-mate and whistleblower Landis.

For years - especially after he was diagnosed with and then beat testicular cancer - Armstrong was one of the most celebrated athletes in professional cycling, winning the Tour de France seven times.

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The settlement stems from a federal False Claims Act lawsuit filed eight years ago by former cycling teammate Floyd Landis. Landis will receive $1.1 million as his share of the settlement.

The civil lawsuit dates back to 2013, when the Justice Department joined a lawsuit accusing Armstrong of a breach of contract for using prohibited drugs during competition. They sought damages for the sponsorship money from the US Postal Service for the team between 2000 and 2004 and under a quirk of US law that could have been three times the $32.3m that it gave the team.

Lance Armstrong likely breathed a sigh of relief today when he was able to settle a insane $100 million whistleblower lawsuit for only $5 million, according to the Associated Press.

In a statement issued through his lawyer, Armstrong said he's happy to have "made peace with the Postal Service". "There is a lot to look forward to".

Mr Landis told ESPN: "I really didn't want to relive it in a courtroom, and I don't think Lance did either, and I don't know that that would have really accomplished anything".

Despite having already forked out $21 million in damages and $15 million in legal fees over a number of past lawsuits, the Australian Financial Review reports Armstrong still has a real estate and business portfolio worth millions.

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