Kennf1 said:June of 2011. Looks like the subpoena was for documents only.
It's interesting that they served him in San Franciso. Wonder if Weisel also got a subpoena?
When Mr. Armstrong did not comply initially with the subpoena, lawyers with the Justice Department's civil division asked the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., to step in and enforce it. These proceedings were kept under seal for more than a year. But on Thursday U.S. magistrate judge Deborah Robinson ordered that seal to be lifted and the legal battle became public Friday evening. Justice Department lawyers who attempted to enforce the subpoena are the same ones representing the government in its evaluation of whether to intervene in the whistleblower lawsuit.
Mr. Landis's whistleblower lawsuit accused Mr. Armstrong of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service because he allegedly used performance-enhancing drugs in violation of the team contract. Mr. Landis sued on behalf of the government under the Federal False Claims Act, which allows citizens to sue for alleged fraud against the government.
Under the whistleblower law, the government can intervene in Mr. Landis's suit, essentially pursuing the case on its own behalf. According to people with knowledge of the case, the Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Department of Justice have been investigating Mr. Landis's allegations and continue to weigh whether to join the case. Though the case is technically convened on behalf of the government, Mr. Landis stands to collect up to 30% of any money the government recovers.
If found to have violated the False Claims Act, Mr. Armstrong and others named in the suit would be liable for triple the amount of the sponsorship.
Mr. Armstrong's team could argue that the Postal Service received outsize publicity from its association with Mr. Armstrong during his first six Tour de France wins. The organization paid $30.6 million to the team's management company to sponsor the team from 2001 through 2004, according to a contract reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
All downhill from here.