Justice Department lawyers urged a federal judge not to dismiss the government's fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, arguing the U.S. Postal Service was tainted by its sponsorship of his team while he used performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France.
The Postal Service, which insists it didn't know about a team drug regimen that was exposed last year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, is permanently linked to what the government lawyers called ''the greatest fraud in the history of professional sports'' in court records filed Monday night.
Former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis' first sued Armstrong in 2010 under the False Claims Act, which allows whistle-blowers to get a share of any money recovered based on their disclosures. The Justice Department joined the lawsuit in February, announcing it would seek at least the $40 million the Postal Service paid to Armstrong's team and additional damages that could push closer to $120 million.
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