The American government has acted after talks with Armstrong’s lawyers failed to find a resolution. The suit argues that Armstrong defrauded the American public by claiming he was not using performance-enhancing drugs while riding for the US Postal team. The International Cycling Union (UCI) in October upheld the US Anti-Doping Agency’s (USADA) sanctions against Armstrong, stripping him of his seven Tour de France titles, erasing his results from August 1998 onwards and banning him for life. The USADA’s evidence included sworn testimony from 26 people, including 11 of Armstrong’s former teammates on US Postal. The USADA said these team-mates had admitted their own doping and said that Armstrong doped, encouraged doping and administered doping products on the team.