Federal Whistleblower Lawsuit: Floyd Landis against Lance Armstrong

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Lance Armstrong and his closest supporters were named as defendants in a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed by Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis in 2010. The high profile individuals involved in the Lance Armstrong lawsuit has made it one of the most famous cases of federal whistleblower law due to its significant place in the public eye. Under the False Claims Act Landis accused Armstrong of taking performance enhancing drugs, Landis also named in his complaint; corporate backers Bar Knaggs Bill Stapleton, Thom Weisel and  number of corporate entities who had backed Armstrong’s team over the past decade. Floyd Landis’ whistleblower lawsuit was first reported in the Wall Street Journal however specific details remain under seal and as a result exact content on the Lance Armstrong lawsuit is unknown.

Floyd Landis Whistleblower Lawsuit

The Floyd Landis whistleblower lawsuit was filed under the U.S Federal False Claims Act which allows citizens who are in no way affiliated with the government to sue on behalf of the government. The Act states that individuals can file suit against federal contractors that have allegedly defrauded the government. Federal Whistleblower law usually allows informants or whistleblowers to receive a reward of between 15 to 30 percent of recovered damages.

The Floyd Landis Whistleblower lawsuit accuses team-mate and seven times winner of the Tour de France; Lance Armstrong of using performance enhancing drugs whilst under U.S Postal Service sponsorship contract. Although specific details of this federal whistleblower lawsuit remain under lock and key it is more than likely that Armstrong will be accused of committing fraud against the U.S Postal Service in relation to the alleged doping.

Federal Whistleblower Law

The federal whistleblower law was introduced to encourage individuals to speak up if they have inside knowledge of anybody defrauding the government. Therefore Landis, who served as Armstrong’s lieutenant on the U.S Postal Service cycling team from 2002 to 2004, could be entitled to receive between 15 to 30 percent of the funds recovered to the USPS, if his case is successful. The U.S Postal Service no longer sponsors athletes and the U.S government is currently investigating the matter and deciding whether to join Landis in the litigation against Armstrong and his corporate backers.

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