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His suit accused the Giants of a "long-standing involvement in game-used memorabilia fraud", saying they even had a dry cleaner alter jerseys to make them looked used.

In a statement Monday, the Giants said that Inselberg, Jakab and Godown "have resolved all claims in their pending litigation ... in accordance with a confidential settlement agreement reached today" with the defendants, including Steiner Sports, a prominent memorabilia company with which Manning had a contract to provide authentic equipment worn by him. If a settlement was not arranged, Manning could have been forced to serve as a witness on the stand. In one email, Manning asks Skiba to get "2 helmets that can pass as game used".

A settlement has been reached in the memorabilia fraud case against Giants quarterback Eli Manning, according to a report from Pro Football Talk. The suit claimed two helmets purchased by Inselberg and the two other plaintiffs - including one purportedly used by Manning during the Giants' 2007 Super Bowl season - were bogus.

The settlement came moments after an announcement that the trial had been delayed until next week by a death in the family of one of the attorneys.

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.

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?" Manning and the team had denied the allegations.

Manning has denied any wrongdoing with his lawyers saying that lead plaintiff Eric Inselberg is a scam artist and characterized his lawsuit as "inflammatory and baseless". 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".

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.