Lance Armstrong is in a legal debacle after a federal judge refused to block the governmentâ€™s $100 million lawsuit against the former cyclist.
The federal judgeâ€™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 Armstrongâ€™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.