Settlement reached in Eli Manning, New York Giants memorabilia fraud suit

New York Giants Eli Manning Trail to begin Monday

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Lawyers representing all parties met Monday at the Bergen County Justice Center in New Jersey.

Eli Manning was set to have the civil trial against him for potential memorabilia fraud but it will be delayed for at least another week.

The Giants and Manning have long denied any wrongdoing.

Inselberg claims that photographic experts used a technique called "photomatching" and could not find evidence that the helmets were ever used, including one he says was purportedly used during the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl season.

Plaintiffs Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown had sought triple the amount of their alleged losses - which totaled less than $20,000 combined - for buying two helmets billed as worn by Manning.

Monday was slated to be the first day of jury selection but the start was pushed back and now won't begin because of the settlement. Three plaintiffs allege they bought two of the helmets from Steiner Sports, which has a contract with Manning to provide the game-used equipment.

In court filings, Manning and the team have denied the allegations and have characterized Inselberg as a scam artist who sold fake memorabilia himself over a span of several years.

An attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed the settlement Monday night.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP insisted in a deposition that he has no idea why anyone would think he was pulling some kind of scam when he asked a team equipment manager for helmets "that can pass as game used".

Powers told lawyers for both sides that he plans to tell jurors the trial could last up to four weeks, although an attorney for the Giants said the case may need no more than two weeks depending on what the judge allows to be presented.

"I will say I have never done what I have been accused of doing", Manning said a year ago, per Scooby Axson of Sports Illustrated.

Inselberg says the helmets weren't game-used, and that emails show Manning engaged in a pattern of deceiving collectors. "I believe I'm asking for two helmets that can satisfy as being game-used - satisfy the requirement of being game-used".

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