Lance Armstrong is in a legal debacle after a federal judge refused to block the government’s $100 million lawsuit against the former cyclist.
The federal judge’s refusal now puts Armstrong on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug use. 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 1999-2005.
Armstrong was stripped of those titles and banned from competition. Armstrong has also taken huge hits financially, losing all his major sponsors and being forced to pay more than $10 million in damages and settlements in a series of lawsuits.
The Landis lawsuit would be the biggest by far and the ruling from US District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington was a major setback for Armstrong.