AUSTIN (May 1, 2013)—Texan Lance Armstrong is pitted against the federal government in a legal fight in which tens of millions of dollars is at stake and his best chance at protecting his personal fortune may rest in convincing a jury the government has already earned plenty from him.
The U.S. Justice Department is suing Armstrong to recover at least the $40 million the U.S. Postal Service paid to sponsor the cyclist’s team, claiming Armstrong was "unjustly enriched" by using drugs to win the Tour de France seven times.
Armstrong's legal team, however, says the contract was worth more than $100 million in worldwide exposure for the agency.
Armstrong could still settle the case before going to trial, which likely would not start until 2014.
Previous settlement talks broke down earlier this year.