Bacardi sues American Airlines for losing hundreds of cases of imported cognac

Spirits giant Bacardi is suing American Airlines over the disappearance of more than $65,000 worth of imported French cognac last year.

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According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Pasadena, California, Bacardi U.S.A. accused the Fort Worth, Texas-based airline of not paying for the liquor, which vanished from a flight between Paris and Los Angeles last year, NBC News reported.

The lawsuit claims that 24 pallets containing 1,680 cases of cognac were loaded onto the American Airlines plane, The Dallas Morning News reported. However, more than six pallets and three cases -- a total of 420 cases -- did not reach California, according to the newspaper.

The value of the missing cognac was $65,820.72, according to Bacardi U.S.A.

It is unclear whether the cognac was lost or stolen, but the lawsuit claims that American Airlines has paid “no part” of the bill, the lawsuit states.

Bacardi U.SA., based in Coral Gables, Florida, owns three brands of cognac under the Otard, D’ussé Cognac and Gaston De LaGrange labels, the Morning News reported. The company began selling the brandy from Cognac, France, in the U.S. about a decade ago, NBC News reported.

American Airlines and Bacardi did not respond to a request for comment, according to the Morning News.