partlycloudy
Sunday September 23rd, 2018 4:36PM

Settlement reached in Giants, Manning memorabilia fraud case

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) — Three sports memorabilia collectors who accused New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of providing bogus "game-worn" equipment that was sold to unsuspecting fans settled their lawsuit against the Super Bowl-winning quarterback on Monday, days before the case was scheduled to go to trial.

A spokesman for the defendants, a group that included Manning, the Giants, two equipment managers and Steiner Sports, the company with whom Manning is under contract to provide game-worn jerseys and helmets for sale, said Monday night a settlement had been reached to resolve the claims. Details were not given.

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. They also had sought punitive damages, and claimed in court filings they would produce evidence that would "show that Manning engaged in a pattern of knowingly providing items to Steiner Sports that he misrepresented as having been game-used when he knew they were not."

Manning and the Giants had denied the allegations and characterized the suit as "inflammatory and baseless" in court filings.

Jury selection was to have begun this week, but a death in the family of one of the attorneys had pushed that back to next Monday.

An attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed the settlement Monday night.

Inselberg filed the lawsuit in 2014. The suit claimed two helmets purchased by Inselberg and the two other plaintiffs — including one purportedly used by Manning during the Giants' 2007-2008 Super Bowl season — were bogus. Inselberg alleged photographic experts using a technique called "photomatching" could not find evidence that the helmets were ever used in games.

The Giants and Manning contend photomatching is unreliable because it does not take into account that helmets are routinely reconditioned during or after a season, the evidence of which might be found on the inside of the helmet and not the outside.

The stakes were raised in the lawsuit in April 2017 when Inselberg's attorneys filed court documents that contained emails between Manning and equipment manager Joseph Skiba, who also was a defendant in the lawsuit. In one email, Manning asks Skiba to get "2 helmets that can pass as game used."

The email does not refer to the two helmets at issue in the lawsuit, but Inselberg alleged it indicates a pattern of fraud.

When the emails went public last year, Manning angrily denied any wrongdoing. In a court filing this month, Manning's attorney wrote that the email was intended to ask Skiba for two game-used helmets that would "satisfy the requirement of being game-used."

"Manning never instructed Joe Skiba to create any fraudulent memorabilia," attorney Robert Lawrence wrote. "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."

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.

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Football, AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, AP Entertainment, APOnline Celebrity News, AP Business, AP Sports - NFL
© Copyright 2018 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Settlement reached in Giants, Manning memorabilia fraud case
A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that claimed New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning provided bogus 'game-worn' equipment that was sold to unsuspecting collectors
11:06PM ( 17 minutes ago )
The Latest: Supreme Court clears way for sports betting
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry
10:54PM ( 29 minutes ago )
Marchessault-led Golden Knights top Jets 3-1 in Game 2
Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, lifting the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals
10:54PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Lightning desperate to fix problems down 0-2 to Capitals
The Lightning are desperate to fix their problems and bounce back in Game 3 after falling behind 2-0 to the Capitals in the Eastern Conference final
7:34PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Oddsmaker sees opportunity, not threat in ruling
An oddsmaker at one Las Vegas resort sees little chance that betting in other states will siphon business away from Las Vegas
6:28PM ( 4 hours ago )
NFL seeks help from Congress on sports gambling ruling
NFL wants Congress to enact framework for legalized sports betting in wake of Supreme Court's ruling
6:28PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Sports
Legal sports betting coming soon to several US states
A decision by the Supreme Court means American sports fans will soon have many more places to place legal bets on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other games
4:15PM ( 7 hours ago )
The Latest: Caesars says it'll expand sports books to states
Casino giant Caesars Entertainment says it will expand its sports wagering business to states where it says secure and responsible gambling is legalized
4:00PM ( 7 hours ago )
Trial delayed in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia fraud case
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in New Jersey in a lawsuit accusing New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of selling bogus 'game-worn' equipment to unsuspecting collectors
3:44PM ( 7 hours ago )
AP Online Football
Markle seeks respect for dad after report he'll skip wedding
Kensington Palace says Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are requesting "understanding and respect" for Markle's father after a celebrity news site reported he would not attend the royal wedding to walk his daughter down the aisle
8:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
Box Office Top 20: 'Avengers' holds at No. 1 for third week
"Avengers: Infinity War" topped the charts for the third weekend in a row adding $62.1 million to its domestic grosses
8:18PM ( 3 hours ago )
Man charged with stalking Rihanna, burglarizing her home
Authorities say a man who broke into Rihanna's Hollywood Hills home and spent 12 hours there has been charged with stalking the singer, who was not at home at the time
8:08PM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Entertainment
Trump calls leakers 'cowards' after aide's remark on McCain
President Donald Trump is calling West Wing leakers "traitors and cowards" as a dustup over an aide's crass remark about Arizona Sen. John McCain extends into a fifth day
6:41PM ( 4 hours ago )
Pope gets an unprecedented close-up, courtesy of Wim Wenders
In "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word," which premiered Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival and which Focus Features opens nationwide Friday in the U.S., is an unprecedented big-screen close-up for the Pope
6:14PM ( 5 hours ago )
Melania Trump has 'successful' procedure on kidney ailment
The White House says Melania Trump has undergone a successful procedure to treat a benign kidney condition and will likely be hospitalized for the rest of the week
5:55PM ( 5 hours ago )
APOnline Celebrity News
Seattle backs tax on companies like Amazon to help homeless
Seattle leaders have unanimously approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fund the fight against homelessness
7:53PM ( 3 hours ago )
Tesla's Autopilot engaged during Utah crash
The driver of a Tesla electric car had the vehicle's semi-autonomous Autopilot mode engaged when she slammed into the back of a Utah fire department vehicle this weekend, in the latest crash involving a car with self-driving features
7:30PM ( 3 hours ago )
The Latest: Seattle approves business tax for homelessness
The Seattle City Council has approved a tax on large businesses such as Amazon and Starbucks to fight homelessness
7:20PM ( 4 hours ago )
AP Business
Trial on tap in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia lawsuit
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in New Jersey in a lawsuit accusing New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of selling bogus 'game-worn' equipment to unsuspecting collectors
10:31PM ( 1 day ago )
Chuck Knox, former Rams, Seahawks, Bills coach, dies at 86
Chuck Knox, the former NFL coach who took the Los Angeles Rams to three straight NFC championship games and also led the Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills, has died
8:09PM ( 1 day ago )
Titans' top draft pick gets personal time with coach Vrabel
Titans rookie linebacker Rashaan Evans has gotten an up-close view of how first-year coach Mike Vrabel works on the practice field
7:03PM ( 2 days ago )
AP Sports - NFL
The Latest: Supreme Court clears way for sports betting
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for states to legalize betting on sports, breaking a longtime ban and creating a potential financial boon for states and the gambling industry
10:54PM ( 30 minutes ago )
Marchessault-led Golden Knights top Jets 3-1 in Game 2
Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, lifting the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals
10:54PM ( 30 minutes ago )
LEADING OFF: Dodgers seeks spark in Miami, Darvish returns
LEADING OFF: Dodgers seeks spark in Miami, Darvish eyes first victory with Cubs, Cole pitches World Series champs vs Angels
10:15PM ( 1 hour ago )
Sex-related charge dropped against Missouri governor
Prosecutors have dropped an invasion-of-privacy charge against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but say they still plan to pursue the case
10:14PM ( 1 hour ago )
Hawaii volcano eruption costs tourism industry millions
Tourism officials say visitors canceling vacation plans is costing the industry millions of dollars as Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to send gases and lava into the air.
10:00PM ( 1 hour ago )