NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Attorneys for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning are asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by a New Jersey sports memorabilia dealer.
A motion filed Thursday by Manning’s attorneys says Eric Inselberg’s lawsuit is without merit.
The memorabilia dealer from Short Hills filed suit in January against Manning and other people. Inselberg claims that Giants equipment manager Joe Skiba and locker-room manager Ed Wagner Jr. doctored items to appear game-worn, sometimes with the help of the team’s dry cleaner.
The lawsuit also alleges that Manning, seeking to keep possession of his own items, was a participant in the ruse.
During an appearance on WFAN radio in January, Giants co-owner Jonathan Tisch said: “The organization will defend itself. They just feel that there’s no merit, and the Giants will always defend themselves.”
Inselberg’s attorney filed a motion this week to get the case returned to state court from federal court.
Inselberg was among a group of dealers accused of selling counterfeit jerseys. The Department of Justice dropped the case against him, but he said in court papers the Giants should be held accountable for ruining his business.
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