A Napa winery and a cork supplier are trading lawsuits in Napa County Superior Court.

Lafitte Cork and Capsule Inc. filed a lawsuit last week against a winery for allegedly failing to pay for $250,000 worth of corks and capsules, according to court records.

Lafitte alleges that Anders-Lane Artisan Wines LP of Napa did not pay for the corks shipped in 2010 and 2011, according to the complaint filed Thursday in Napa County Superior Court.

The companies had signed a contract in 2009 for Lafitte to provide Anders-Lane with “specially-made, custom wine bottle corks,” the complaint stated.

Frederick Sette, a Sacramento attorney who represents Lafitte, said Thursday Anders-Lane may be served this week with the lawsuit.

Lafitte is suing the company for breach of contract, according to the complaint. Lafitte wants compensation for the corks, unspecified monetary damages, the costs of the lawsuits and attorney fees, according to the court filing.

The two companies were already in litigation in Napa County Superior Court when Lafitte filed its complaint.

In a separate lawsuit filed in March 2012, Anders-Lane Artisan Wines, located at 1005 Jefferson St., Napa, accused Lafitte of selling wine corks that were allegedly “defective” and “unfit,” according to court records.

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Lafitte, which has denied the charges, is trying to have the case dismissed, according to court filings. A court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 6 in Napa County Superior Court.

It is unclear if the products cited in the 2012 Anders-Lane Artisan Wines suit are the focus of the lawsuit Lafitte filed Thursday.  

Brent Shortridge, managing partner of Anders-Lane Artisan Wines, declined comment Saturday. “I’m afraid we cannot comment on pending litigation,” he said in an email.

Laffite has produced corks and capsules in Napa since 1982 for the North American market, according to the company’s website.

Anders-Lane sells “luxury wines at affordable prices,” its website states. The wines are made with grapes from throughout California.


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