Eli Manning Fraud Lawsuit Reaches Settlement


The accusations have been brought about by Eric Inselberg, who claims Manning conspired with New York Giants team equipment staff to sell bogus "game-used" helmets to collectors, per The Associated Press' David Porter.

In the same court filing, Manning's lawyer accused Inselberg of being "engaged in a decades-long memorabilia scheme" in which he obtained, without permission, game-used Giants equipment, including Manning's, from Skiba and Skiba's brother, Ed, as well as a local dry cleaner.

Prior to Monday night's settlement, Superior Court Judge Charles E. Powers Jr. said attorneys instead will only begin picking the jury next Monday, in a process that may take several days.

BC-US-Giants-Memorabilia Lawsuit-The Latest, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 442The Latest: Settlement reached in Giants, Manning fraud caseAP Photo NY504Eds: Updates with plaintiffs' attorney confirming settlement reached. "The compromise agreement, entered into by all parties, should not be viewed as supporting any allegations, claims or defenses".

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However, because this was a civil case and not a federal case, and because there will be no jury verdict, it's unlikely the league will invest its time and resources.

Another email from 2008 showed Inselberg asking Skiba about Manning's used helmets and jerseys: "Are these the bs ones eli asked you to make up because he didn't want to give up the real stuff?"

The reason? A death in the family of an attorney for Joe Skiba, the Giants equipment manager accused of giving Manning football equipment to be fraudulently sold as "game-used" to collectors.

Skiba's reply says, "BS ones, you are correct".

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The typically low-key Manning has angrily denounced the allegations last spring, telling reporters: "I'm more angry than anything". In one email, Manning asks Skiba to get "2 helmets that can pass as game used". "I've done nothing wrong and I'm still being attacked". In a court filing this month, Manning's attorney wrote that the email was meant to ask Skiba for two game-used helmets that would "satisfy the requirement of being game-used".

Along with Manning, other star witnesses deposed in the case included Giants' owner John Mara and defensive end Michael Strahan.

Attorneys for the Giants argued that no expert reports showed fraudulent helmets.

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