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Lance Armstrong loses bid to halt ex-teammate's $100 million lawsuit

July 23, 2000: Lance Armstrong rides down the Champs Elysees after the final stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris.

July 23, 2000: Lance Armstrong rides down the Champs Elysees after the final stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris.  (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)

A federal judge has cleared the way for the government's lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages from Lance Armstrong.

The decision Monday by U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington sets the nearly 7-year-old case on course for a jury trial. The lawsuit was filed in 2010 by Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis, who could collect up to 25 percent.

The government joined the case in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France seven times. Armstrong was stripped of those titles and banned from competition.

Armstrong tried to get the lawsuit dismissed, arguing the team sponsorship was worth far more to the Postal Service than the $32 million it paid from 2000 to 2004.