Justice Department Joins Suit Against Lance Armstrong

WASHINGTON (February 22, 2013)—The U.S. Justice Department has joined a lawsuit against disgraced Texas cycling champion Lance Armstrong that alleges the former Tour de France champion concealed his use of performance-enhancing drugs for over a decade and defrauded his long-time sponsor, the U.S. Postal Service, Armstrong’s lawyer Robert Luskin said Friday.

The suit the Justice Department is joining was filed in 2010 by former teammate Floyd Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping.

Luskin, said Friday that negotiations with the government failed because "we disagree about whether the postal service was damaged."

"The postal service's own studies show that the service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship - benefits totaling more than $100 million,” Luskin said.

The Landis lawsuit was filed under seal, but it will be unsealed now.

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