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Memorabilia Fraud Case of Giants QB Eli Manning Heading to Court Soon

Eli Manning’s memorabilia fraud case is headed to court in a few weeks, Ryan Dunleavy of NJ Advance Media reports.

A New Jersey Superior Court judge ordered a trial set for May 14 when issuing a summary judgment decision on multiple claims brought by three memorabilia collectors against Manning, Steiner Sports, Giants memorabilia, equipment manager Joe Skiba, Giants co-owner John Mara and others, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

The gist of the civil lawsuit, which was filed in January 2014, is collectors allege items such as helmets and jerseys passed off as game-used were fakes.

The judge dropped most of the charges against Skiba, per ESPN, after agreeing with his lawyer’s arguments that he never profited from the in-question items. Skiba’s lawyers also argued he did not directly represent the items as game-used to consumers.

Manning has denied any knowledge of wrongdoing in the case, but his motion to waive the claim of consumer fraud was denied, according to the report. It also states that Manning is the only defendant who the judge found could have possibly violated common law fraud, which carries the extra legal burden of having to intent to deceive.

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