The Wall Street Journal: Government’s $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong can proceed

WASHINGTON — A federal judge ruled Monday that the federal government’s false-claims lawsuit against Lance Armstrong should proceed to trial, rejecting the cyclist’s arguments that a court should rule in his favor now.

The Justice Department in a civil lawsuit is alleging Armstrong defrauded the government by accepting sponsorship money from the U.S. Postal Service while taking performance-enhancing drugs. It is seeking nearly $100 million in damages.

Armstrong has argued that the government’s legal claims are deficient on several grounds, among them that the Postal Service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship of the cycling team.

U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington said in a 37-page ruling that most of the government’s claims raised genuine issues of fact that must be considered by a jury.

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