Washington - Lance Armstrong has asked a
federal judge to end a lawsuit against him by the US government that seeks to
recover millions of dollars in sponsorship money the US Postal Service paid to
his cycling teams.
Armstrong's motion for summary judgment
filed Wednesday in federal court in Washington says the case against him is
"long on speculation and hyperbole but short on evidence and viable legal
theories." The lawsuit alleges violations of the federal False Claims Act.
It was initially filed by Armstrong's
former teammate Floyd Landis. The federal government joined in 2013, seeking to
recover more than $30 million it paid to sponsor Armstrong's teams from
Armstrong confessed in 2013 to doping to
win the Tour de France seven times. For six of his seven Tour de France
victories, the Postal Service was the title sponsor of his teams.
Armstrong's lawyers wrote that the Postal
Service entered into sponsorship agreements with the owners of a cycling team
that Armstrong rode on but that Armstrong was not a party to the agreements and
did not read or sign them.
"Although it turns out that Armstrong
and other riders on the team used performance enhancing substances and publicly
denied doing so, the USPS enjoyed substantial benefits from the sponsorship and
never took steps directly to address or prevent the use of performance
enhancing substances by team riders. Its assertion of claims for damages
against Armstrong alone among the team riders, a decade after the end of the
sponsorship, is hypocritical and meritless," Armstrong's lawyers wrote.
The government has asked for partial
summary judgment, writing in a memo that "there is no genuine
dispute" on facts.