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Bottle Supplier Sues Central Coast Custom Crush Facility

World Wine Bottles versus Terravant Wine Co.
by Kerana Todorov
July 20, 2018

A Napa-based glass bottle company is pursuing a custom-crush facility on the Central Coast over unpaid bills, according to court records.

World Wine Bottles on July 11 filed a complaint against Terravant Wine Co. of Buellton $93,450, according to the complaint filed July 11 in Napa County Superior Court. In a separate lawsuit, World Wine Bottles won in December 2016 a judgement against Terravantt worth nearly $108,110, according to court filings. Terravant provides custom-crush services and other services to the wine industry.

More bills came due after the judgment was issued in December, according to court records. World Wine Bottles then asked in court to amend the judgment by an additional $84,645, according to court filings.

However, Terravant’s attorney objected to the motion, arguing the judgment could not be amended. “If (World Wine Bottles or WWB) contends that (Terravant Wine Co.) owes WWB additional money, then it should work with Terravant to resolve these claims and, if necessary, bring a new breach of contract action,” according to Terravant’s filing.

Napa County Superior Court Judge Victoria Wood in June sided with Terravant and ruled the 206 judgment could not be amended, according to the records. On July 11, World Wine Bottle filed a new complaint to seek $93,450 in unpaid bills, according to court records. The lawsuit also seeks legal fees.

“You can’t get glass for free,” said World Wine Bottles president and founder Neil Sodell, who estimated his company’s legal fees to be more than $75,000.

The dispute began after World Wine Bottles alleged Terravant breached its written contract when it failed to pay for wine bottles delivered in 2015, according to court records.

Two other companies have filed separate lawsuits against Terravant earlier this year, according to court records.

Stacked Wines LLC of Costa Mesa, which sells one-serve glasses to the wine industry, filed a complaint against Terravant Wine Co. in May for alleged breach of contract, according to the complaint filed in Las Angeles Superior Court. That dispute began after wine allegedly was not delivered in time to Stacked Wines in August 2017, to a cost of more than $38,100 in unfilled glasses, delay damages and interests, according to court records. The purchase order was for 700-plus cases, according to the complaint, However, Terravant also allegedly had supplied enough sleeves and labels for 59 cases for that order to be fulfilled, according to the court filing.

Another company, Bakercorp filed a complaint in January in Los Angeles County Superior Court for breach of contract and other allegations over a bill of more than $152,800, according to court records.

Terravant has denied all the charges, according to court records.

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