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Lance Armstrong jury trial date set for November

Jack Elton-Walters
24 Feb 2017

The trial date is earlier than Lance Armstrong had pushed for, and is set for November 2017

The date has been set for Lance Armstrong's 'whistle blower' court case, as the Texan is due before a jury in November this year. The disgraced cyclist's legal team had first pushed for the case to be dismissed and then for a trial date in 2018. 

Both of these requests were rejected by a judge in the US, and the cyclist and former team owners Tailwind Sports will be due in court before Christmas.

The case had already been approved for a jury trial, something Armstrong had argued against, and now the district judge has set the trial date as 6th November 2017.

The case was brought by Armstrong's former teammate Floyd Landis and later taken up by the US federal government.

Armstrong and Tailwind Sports, along with team directeur sportif Johan Bruyneel, are accused of violating the False Claims Act (FCA).

This arose from the accused parties collecting sponsorship from the US Postal Service (USPS) 'while actively concealing the team’s violations of the agreements’ anti-doping provisions.'

Armstrong's legal team protested for the trial date to be set for 2018 as one of the lead counsels in the case, attorney John W. Keker, is already set to be tied up by a large fraud case.

This motion was rejected by US District Court Judge Christopher R. Cooper, the same judge who moved the case to a jury trial, the result being the November court date.

The US government's case sets the amount of money it wishes to claim at $32.3 million, a figure equivalent to the sponsorship paid by USPS - a governmental organisation - during its tenure as lead sponsor of Armstrong's team between 2000 and 2004. 

The often stated headline figure $100 million is the amount that a jury could decide Armstrong and Tailwind should pay in damages for violating the FCA, at three times the claimant's figure.

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