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A federal judge says some of the defendants will be dismissed from the case

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Judge to decide on defendants in whistle-blower lawsuit within 30 days — Associated Press

A federal judge said Monday that some of the defendants, but not all, named in a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong will be dismissed from the case.

Judge Robert L. Wilkins made the remarks after a hearing about the Justice Department’s lawsuit that lasted nearly three hours, according to the Associated Press. Former U.S. Postal Service sport director Johan Bruyneel and team management company Tailwind Sports, along with Armstrong, are three of the defendants in the suit.

The False Claims Act lawsuit was initiated by former Armstrong teammate Floyd Landis. The government joined it earlier this year, although not the portion of it that pits Landis against other defendants such as Tailwind Sports owner Thomas Weisel.

Monday’s hearing was a result of a motion by the defendants to dismiss the case. Judge Wilkins will make his final ruling within 30 days.

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