NBC News along with other sources reports on its website that U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will notify the Court today that it is intervening in the qui tam/False Claims Act suit brought by relator and ex-teamate Floyd Landis against Lance Armstrong and other defendants.
The Landis qui tam against Armstrong and others was unsealed by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia just last month. As previously featured here in the blog, the Wall Street Journal reported in mid-January 2013 that DOJ officials had recommended that the Government intervene.
NBC reports that Armstrong's attorney Robert Luskin has released a statement saying, in effect that the Postal Service had no losses deserving of compensation: "Lance and his representatives worked constructively over these last weeks with federal lawyers to resolve this case fairly, but those talks failed because we disagree about whether the Postal Service was damaged . . .The Postal's Services own studies show that the Service benefited tremendously from its sponsorship -- benefits totaling more than $100 million."
A. Brian Albritton
February 22, 2013