HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) - Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in a New Jersey memorabilia dealer's lawsuit that accuses New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of conspiring with the team's equipment staff to sell bogus "game-used" helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam.
Inselberg originally filed the lawsuit against Manning in 2014, claiming that two helmets that he and two other plaintiffs purchased - including one that was believed to be used by the quarterback during the Giants' 2007-08 Super Bowl run - weren't actually game worn. "All parties are grateful to have the matter, which began in 2014, concluded and are now focused on football, the fans and the future".
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. According to the ESPN report, there was "little optimism from all parties involved that a settlement could be reached" when they left the courtroom Monday morning. Inselberg says photographic experts using a technique called "photomatching" could not find evidence that the helmets were ever used in games.
"I've never heard of that before litigation", he said.
Eli Manning drops pack to pass in a 2010 games against the Houston Texans.
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As the case has processed, potentially damning emails between Manning and Giants equipment manager Joseph Skiba have come to light that led to sniping between the parties.
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.
The typically low-key Manning has angrily denounced the allegations last spring, telling reporters: "I'm more angry than anything".
In addition to Mara and Manning, former Giants player Michael Strahan also gave a deposition to attorneys but has not been listed as a potential witness for either the plaintiffs or the defense, he said.
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