Armstrong had some of the claims against him thrown out of court on Tuesday, but still faces false claims allegations relating to USPS sponsorship Lance Armstrong Credit: Graham Watson Lance Armstrong and his associates won a significant legal victory on Tuesday, when a US District judge ruled that Floyd Landis cannot pursue his claim that the sponsorship deal between United States Postal Service (USPS) and Tailwind Sports defrauded the US government.
Landis alleged that, by covering up doping practices at the USPS team, Armstrong and other parties running the team violated their contract and defrauded the government.
But US District Judge Christopher R. Cooper overturned a 2014 ruling by US Circuit Judge Robert L. Wilkins that allowed a “reverse false claims” action against Tailwind Sports – essentially, that they had illegally avoided paying money owed to the US.
Judge Cooper ruled that, even if Tailwind violated the sponsorship deal with the use of banned drugs, the contract did not create an obligation of repayment of sponsorship money separate from the government’s right to sue.
In the decision, Judge Cooper said: “Tailwind owed no legal obligation to the United States at the time that any defendants allegedly made (or caused to be made) […]