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Giants ask for delay in Eli Manning memorabilia fraud case

Eli Manning of the Giants looks on after

Eli Manning of the Giants looks on after a pass in the end zone was incomplete against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Giants asked the New Jersey judge overseeing the civil lawsuit that accuses the team and quarterback Eli Manning of memorabilia fraud to delay the start of the trial until June 11. The trial is scheduled to begin March 26.

The Giants, in their most recent court filings on Friday, say the attorney that the team had been planning to designate as its new lead counsel for this trial — Michael Kelly — is undergoing treatment for an undisclosed sickness and also has a trial in another case scheduled for March.

This is the first time the Giants have raised these conflicts in court filings.

The trial in this four-year-old lawsuit has been scheduled on the court’s calendar for nearly four months and Superior Court judge James DeLuca has yet to rule on the motions from last month in which the Giants asked him to throw out the case based on the evidence without going to trial.

The suit, filed in January 2014, accuses Giants equipment managers of passing off helmets and jerseys to be sold as game-used, sometimes at the request of Manning. Other defendants include Steiner Sports, a collectibles company contracted with Manning, and Giants co-owner John Mara.

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