Eli Manning's sports memorabilia lawsuit settled

Eli Manning throws a pass during the New York Giants final regular season NFL game versus the Washington Redskins. 12/31/17 East Rutherford N.J

Eli Manning throws a pass during the New York Giants final regular season NFL game versus the Washington Redskins. 12/31/17 East Rutherford N.J

Jury selection began on Monday with 14 lawyers representing all parties gathering at the Bergen County Justice Center in New Jersey.

The trial was originally scheduled to begin on Monday after Manning was previously accused of peddling game worn memorabilia that he had never in fact worn in a game.

A lawsuit claiming Eli Manning committed memorabilia fraud was settled on Tuesday. The plaintiffs' lead attorney, Brian Brook, said after the judge went over the logistics and housekeeping that he had been receiving the "silent treatment" from the other side.

"I'm not sure yet whether I'm going to call him in our case", Brook said.

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.

Filed four years ago by Eric Inselberg after an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid ruined his memorabilia business, the suit alleging that the Giants passed off phony helmets, including two Manning had supposedly worn in separate Super Bowl wins, had been slowly gaining steam. In one email, Manning asks Skiba to get "2 helmets that can pass as game used".

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.

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

Three plaintiffs say they bought two of the allegedly fraudulent helmets from Steiner Sports, which has a contract with Manning to provide the game-used equipment.

However, Manning and the plaintiffs reportedly agreed to settle instead, according to the report. "I've done nothing wrong and I'm still being attacked".

Manning, who along with Giants co-owner John Mara was deposed as part of the case, has publicly said the lawsuit is "without merit", and has claimed emails alleged to show his involvement in memorabilia fraud have been taken out of context.

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.

Video of Mara's deposition is expected to be played for the jury at trial. They also denied that the collectors suffered damages.