The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong’s former US Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis. The federal government joined in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted he cheated to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong was stripped of those titles and banned from competition.
Armstrong claims he and the team don’t owe the Postal Service anything because the agency made far more off the sponsorship than it paid. Armstrong’s lawyers have introduced internal studies for the agency that calculated benefits in media exposure topping $100m.
The government has countered that the negative fallout from the doping scandal tainted the agency because of its association with Armstrong.
Christopher Cooper stated: “Giving Armstrong ‘credit’ for the benefits he delivered while using (performance-enhancing drugs) could be viewed as an unjust reward for having successfully concealed his doping for so long. But disregarding any benefits USPS received from the sponsorship could bestow the government with an undeserved windfall. The same could be said of Landis, whose role in this entire affair some would view as less than pure.”
Armstrong’s attorney Elliot Peters said: “The court’s decision laid out Armstrong’s case, even as it let the lawsuit proceed. There is no actual evidence of any quantifiable financial harm. So the government may now proceed to a trial that, as a practical matter, it cannot win.”