Lance Armstrong, the former champion cyclist, asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit claiming he defrauded the U.S. by using banned substances in violation of his team’s contract with the U.S. Postal Service.
Armstrong, in papers submitted Tuesday in federal court in Washington, said the complaint filed against him under the False Claims Act by the U.S. Justice Department is barred by a six-year statute of limitations and that the false statements claim isn’t supported by the law. He’s also seeking dismissal of a second complaint brought by his ex-teammate, Floyd Landis.
“The government waited over a decade to file suit against Lance Armstrong for one reason and one reason only: It got everything it bargained for from Armstrong and his cycling team,” John Keker, a lawyer for Armstrong, said in the filing, which referred to “tens of millions of dollars’ worth” of publicity for the Postal Service.
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