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17 May 2018, 09:47 | Anna Jefferson
Fraud case linked to Eli Manning and Giants to begin Monday
"[Plaintiffs] Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown have resolved all claims in their pending litigation against the New York Giants, Eli Manning, John Mara, William Heller, Joseph Skiba, Edward Skiba and Steiner Sports, in accordance with a confidential settlement agreement reached today", attorney's for both sides said in a joint statement on Monday. Manning and the team had denied the allegations.
Hours after leaving the court Friday, the New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning reached a confidential settlement in their closely watched court battle with a sports memorabilia dealer.
Now the trial, which was expected to take approximately four weeks, will be averted altogether, keeping Manning from possibly having to take the stand to testify about his alleged role in a scheme to falsely depict helmets and other pieces of Giants equipment as game-worn. It says that two helmets purchased by Inselberg and two other plaintiffs - including one purportedly used by Manning during the Giants' 2007-2008 Super Bowl season - were bogus. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday morning.
His attorneys described the lawsuit as "inflammatory and baseless", while also claiming that the Inselberg's attorneys had used underhanded tactics to create negative press for Manning, according to ABC.com via the Associated Press' David Porter. They claim they will provide evidence that Manning and the Giants' equipment staff have been defrauding collectors for years.
In one of those emails, the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback asked Skiba for "2 helmets that can pass as game used".
The email does not refer to the two helmets at issue in the lawsuit, but Inselberg alleges it indicates a pattern of fraud.
When the emails went public previous year, Manning angrily denied any wrongdoing.
Additional exhibits thought to be damaging for the defense included photos of Manning wearing helmets that do not correspond with game-used helmets later sold by collectors, and emails that indicate the Giants' in-house counsel knew of the accusations in 2011. "Rather, Manning believed that if he asked Joe Skiba for his helmets, he received his game-used helmets and that the helmets he received from Skiba were his game-used helmets".
An attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed the settlement Monday night.
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