- 07.25.13 07:40 AM EDT
The Justice Department is suing Lance Armstrong for violating a $40 million team sponsorship contract with the U.S. Postal Service. The Postal Service says that since he was "unjustly enriched" when winning the Tour de France, the contract is void. Armstrong is hoping the federal judge will dismiss the claim and argues that they got the exposure they paid for at the time.
According to Armstrong, more than 30 million spectators would have been exposed at internationally televised events and the statute of limitations has passed since the deal ending in 2004. He is said to have personally made $18 million from said contract.
The government stands to make triple damages on the claim.