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Armstrong urges judge to dismiss lawsuit

Published: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:28 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cyclist Lance Armstrong urged a federal judge to dismiss the Justice Department’s False Claims Act lawsuit against him, arguing that the Postal Service got its money’s worth out of its sponsorship deal and that the claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

In the filing in U.S. District Court in Washington, lawyers for Armstrong said the Postal Service, which sponsored Armstrong’s cycling team, got exactly what it bargained for, including tens of millions of dollars’ worth of publicity, exposure to more than 30 million spectators at international cycling events, and hundreds of hours of television coverage

The Justice Department this year joined former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis’ whistle-blower lawsuit against the disgraced cyclist. Under the False Claims Act, whistle-blowers can share with the government in any recovery of money based upon their disclosures.